WAGE THEFT refers to the unlawful intentional under- or non-payment of an employee’s wages or entitlements by their employer or recruitment agency. It spans from unauthorized deductions from employees’ wages to the underpayment or delayed payment of wages, overtime, termination pay and entitlements such as sick leave and annual leave – or no payment at all. [1] as of December 2021 2,604 Of these, there are cases of wage theft across Asia 50 recorded through the JFWT-Uwazi platform [2] group cases amounting to 1,219 as of June 2022 $19,519,840 workers in total, with an average of 24-25 total amount of wages lost victims per group case JFWT documenters recorded the number of group cases below of workers coming from the following countries: NEPAL INDONESIA 26 7 INDIA PHILIPPINES 11 6 35 total wage-theft related complaints filed by MFA 3 national jurisdictions 1 state jurisdiction MFA filed wage theft-related labour complaints in three (3) national jurisdictions and one (1) state jurisdiction. There were a total of thirty-five (35) cases filed in various jurisdictions. Most of the cases have reached a partial resolution. However, the process have been arduous and proved to be a hurdle for migrant workers who cannot spare much time and resources on such processes because they need to send money back to their families. justiceforwagetheft.org facebook.com/justiceforwagetheft [1] Patriarca , C. (n.d.). Policy Brief No. 1 Justice for Migrant Workers: Creating an Effective Solution to Address Wage Theft. Justice for Wage Theft. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://justiceforwagetheft.org/en/entity/vsc8tu6yylh?file=16035216857050htlpdva62v.pdf&page=1 Migrant Forum in Asia, through its global campaign, the Justice for Wage Theft (JFWT), and with the help of its partners, has been systematically documenting cases of wage theft since its launch in 2020 and has published three (3) volumes of the issue demonstrating its impact on the lives of migrants. The reports, entitled “Crying Out for Justice: Wage Theft Against Migrant Workers During COVID-19”, denotes a huge number of wage theft victims during the pandemic as well as the estimated cost of unpaid wages and benefits. These reports only present a small proportion of migrant workers who have experienced wage theft due to a lack of political commitment to data gathering. [2] From Justice for Wage Theft Volume 3, Crying Out for Justice THE JUSTICE FOR WAGE THEFT CAMPAIGN

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