Deputy Labour Minister Visits the South to Create Awareness About Legal Employment of Foreign Workers in Surat Thani

The Deputy Permanent Secretary of Labour visited the South to commence a training project to create awareness about the types of work that foreigners can legally be employed in, in Surat Thani. She also delivered policies and guidelines for the management of foreign workers’ work, coordinating the management and supervision of migrant workers systematically and efficiently.

On September 18, 2020, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Labour Mrs. Theanrat Nawamawat presided over the training project’s opening ceremony to raise awareness about the types of work in which foreigners can legally be employed in. She also delivered policies and guidelines on the management of foreigners’ work at the Thale Nai meeting room, Roi Koh Hotel, Makham Tia, Muang, Surat Thani. She said that Thailand has about 2.4 million foreigners coming in for work, of which about 150,000 are skilled workers or 6 percent. The remainder is a migrant worker from the three nationalities, accounting for about 92 percent. It can be seen that migrant workers are one of the key mechanisms driving the country’s economy. However, there are many dimensions to consider in managing migrant workers, including economic dimensions, security, and protection, according to international standards. The Ministry of Labour’s Department of Employment, therefore, has laws on the management of the work of foreign workers, which has been established following the relevant dimensions of necessity, following the Emergency Decree on the Management of Foreign Workers, which has been in force since 2017. The Decree was since revised in 2018 to make it more appropriate. The law has changed the original content in several respects; in particular, the duties of employers and workers are clearly defined, so all parties, including law enforcement officials, employers, organizations, and community leaders, must be knowledgeable to operate properly.

                Mrs. Thienrat continued that the training program today is a good vision for cooperation between employers and organizations, migrant workers, community leaders, village leaders, village headmen, as well as related agencies, associations, NGOs, network partners, and the general public to have the knowledge and understanding about the correct policies, laws, regulations, announcements about the work of aliens, and is aware of the work that foreigners are prohibited from doing. There is co-operation in the prevention, supervision, inspection, and control of migrant workers at the local level and the management and supervision of migrant workers systematically and effectively.

From there, Mrs. Theanrat visited the Sufficiency Economy Community Enterprise Group, Baan Bua Thon, in Moo 3, Kadae, Kanchanadit, Suratthani. The group was established in 2011 and has 30 members planting cha-om, morning glory, angelica mushroom, wood ear mushroom, cockle mushroom, and raising catfish. The group has an average income of 2,000 Baht per week, and about 4,000 Baht per month, whereby the income will be shared among group members each month. The Labour Office has supported the project to resolve issues around occupation and skill development activities. The Social Security Office has provided knowledge about social security under section 40 and various rights that the insured will receive, whereas the Office of Labour Protection and Welfare has provided information about workplace safety.


Source: Ministry of Labour


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