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Campaign for treeworkers

In March 2009 in Sapa, a Vietnamese market in Prague 4, the firm Affumicata organized a recruitment of workers to plant trees in Czech forests. Hundreds of Vietnamese workers, who had lost their jobs in the industrial sector due to the economic crisis, accepted the job offer. However, they got paid just for a part of the job or received only small advances of salary insufficient even to buy enough food. These practices were repeated in the year 2010 when the same company or firms under new names hired workers mostly from Rumania and Slovakia. They were working on public tenders won by the forestry giant Less & Forest s.r.o.

The case is followed by the Initiative for labour migrants' rights, Initiative No racism!, La Strada Czech Republic, o.p.s., Multicultural Center Prague and their supporters. Together they strive to get back the unpaid salaries for the hired workers, to press for the investigation of the case and to stop further exploitation of foreign workers in the State forests by the same firm. Almost eighty former employees are represented by three Prague lawyers. The companies Affumicata and Wood Service Prague are estimated to owe about 2.5 million CZK just to these workers.

This section which will provide you with updates on the case was created with the financial support of the U.S. Embassy in Prague.

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Romanian workers in the Czech forestry sector: a follow up

25. 10. 11 Simina Guga

This article comes as a continuation of a previous text, published in March 2011, describing the situation of some Romanian workers who were exploited in the Czech forestry business during the first half of 2010. This article is based on a series of interviews conducted in Roman...

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An Interview with Silviu Taras, the deputy mayor of Romanian town Chichis

24. 10. 11 Ryan Scott
Silviu Taras, the mayor of Romanian town Chichis, describes how local Romanian people perceive the case of forest workers who have been misled and taken advantage of in the Czech Republic.
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A call against the abuse of migrant forest workers in Czech Forests

18. 10. 11
Multicultural Center Prague is supporting the Campaign for Treeworkers run by Initiative for labour migrants' rights and Initiative No racism!. Since 7 October, 2011 you can find on the campign's website text of the appeal against the abuse of migrant forest workers in Czech forests, addressed to to the LESS Inc. holding. Zou can support hundreds of migrant forest workers exploited in the Czech Re...
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Romanian, Hungarian and Slovak Workers Recruited for a New Season in Czech Forests

24. 5. 11
Prague May 16, 2011 – A number of Czech forestry companies who have been accused of gravely mistreating their migrant employees in the past are currently in the midst of recruiting new workers from Romania, Hungary, and elsewhere for this year’s season. Job agencies in these countries are being contacted by the Czech-based companies to recruit a few hundred workers to do forestry work in different...
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Czech Protesters March against Exploitation of Migrant Workers in State Forestry

Czech Protesters March against Exploitation of Migrant Workers in State Forestry

7. 4. 11
Initiative for Migrant Workers Rights and Initiative against Racism are supporting migrant workers, who have been abused in Czech state forestry. This press release informs about the March against exploitation of migrant workers in state forestry, which took place on Sunday 27 March in Prague.
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Labor exploitation of Romanian workers in the Czech forestry business

22. 3. 11 Simina Guga
This article was written with the purpose of completing the findings made in the Czech Republic, related to a case of labor exploitation of Slovak and Vietnamese forestry workers. It is based on interviews conducted with several Romanian workers that worked in different regions of the Czech Republic, as well as on a web analysis of published materials related to the case, providing a clearer image...
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Czech state forestry and exploitation of migrant workers

This article describes the case of hundreds of migrant workers hired by a few subcontractors of one of the main Czech forestry companies to work in state forests. Over the past two years, they have received no or only partial pay for their work; they have nearly starved; and they have been subject of threats. This article was originally published in the Czech bi-weekly Nový Prostor.
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