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#TheBigShoutOut: Eileen Brown

"I feel very proud to be part of an organisation doing this sort of mahi. ”

I love being a UnionAID volunteer as it’s such an effective way to achieve change. One project that demonstrates this was when UnionAID funded for a project to track down former employees of Top Glove to get the wages that were owing to them.  

Top Glove, based in Malaysia, is the world’s largest rubber glove maker and has some terrible labour practices including bonded labour. This company had been forced by an international agreement to pay back workers their dues as part of a recruitment debt policy but hundreds of workers, who had returned to Nepal from Malaysia during Covid-19 did not receive their payments.

Funding from UnionAID enabled these former migrant workers to be tracked down and to get the payments they were due. This was an awesome project and outcome, as that money made difference to these workers and their families. I feel very proud to be part of an organisation doing this sort of mahi.

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