Fairfood released a report today which reveals that Lidl is linked to abusive labour conditions in shrimp processing plants in Thailand, where many migrant workers from Burma are exploited, earn next to nothing and are bonded by debts.
Burmese shrimp workers are caught in a trap. They paid high amounts to find a workplace in Thailand. Now these shrimp workers earn 8 Euro a day, while their costs of living are 12 Euro a day. Their poor wages are further diminished by numerous deductions from workers’ pay checks for things like work equipment and debt repayments for work permit fees, visa costs or debts to brokers. As a consequence Burmese shrimp workers must rely on overtime to be able to survive. Long working hours in excess of 60 hours per week are commonplace.
Lidl turned over €48Bn in sales in 2013. They have made a huge profit, while the people they rely on to produce the goods that they sell break their backs for low wages, working long hours, with very little job security. It is unacceptable that poverty wages and the exploitation of a poor and vulnerable workforce are used to generate a huge trade in Europe.