Labor Abuses Common in Palm Oil Industry

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Eventually, workers on Adam’s plantation were able to enlist the assistance of Rainforest Action Network and the Malaysian NGO Sawit Watch. Pressure from these two groups resulted in many workers being allowed to leave, and promises from KLK to pay back wages to workers and blacklist the third party labor recruiter responsible for providing the workforce for the plantation. Despite KLK’s promises, most workers never received back pay, and the individuals responsible for the worst abuses continued to work for the company.

Earth Island Journal
Corey Hill
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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