On February 9, 2021, at 10.00 hours, Assistant to the Labour Minister Mr. Surachai Chaitrakulthong joined a meeting with representatives of the Thailand Sports Association for the Disabled under Royal Patronage to seek advice and consultation about the employment of members from the Thai national team for people with disabilities at S&P Syndicate Public Company Limited. The company hires Thai national athletes with disabilities that is under the supervision of the Thailand Sports Association for People with Disabilities under Royal Patronage, the Cerebral Palsy Sports Association of Thailand, the Thailand Sports Association for the Blind, and the Thailand Sports Association for People with Intellectual Disabilities under Section 33 of the People with Disabilities Empowerment Act B.E. 2550, for over seven years. However, given the economic situation amid the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a request to reduce the employment of athletes with disabilities from the Thai national team from 63 people in 2020 to only 46. However, the proposal was objected to by the Social Security Office Area 3 in Din Daeng, Bangkok, that considered the employment of athletes with disabilities as non-compliant with the Social Security Act B.E. 2533 regarding the definition of employment, resulting in all 46 people having to lose their jobs which impacted their living.
The Assistant to the Labour Minister reported that S&P Syndicate Public Company Limited intends to hire all 46 people with disabilities from the Thai national team. The sports association met with him to seek help and find a solution to hire athletes with disabilities from the Thai national team without contrary to the Social Security Act B.E. 2533 on the subject of the definition employment, aiming to develop a better quality of life for athletes with disabilities. The meeting took place at the Mitmaitree 2 meeting room, 5th floor, Department of Labour Protection Welfare.
Source: Ministry of Labour