Deputy PM Urges Agencies to Accelerate Restoration of the Quality of Life of Informal Workers Impacted from Covid-19 to Build Social Equality

Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan chaired the National Informal Workforce Management Committee (NIWMC) meeting, urging concerned agencies to accelerate the recovery of the quality of life of informal workers from the effects of Covid-19, to promote employment and skills development, offering over 20.4 million informal workers a good quality of life and social equality.

On February 10, 2021, at 10.00 hours, at the meeting room on the 5th floor, Department of Labour Protection and Welfare, Ministry of Labour, Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan chaired the National Informal Workforce Management Committee (NIWMC) meeting no. 1/2021. Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin and Deputy Labour Minister Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat welcomed Permanent Secretary of Labour Mr. Suthi Sukosol and the Ministry of Labour’s senior executives and representatives of related agencies, also joined the meeting. The Deputy Prime Minister said that the government attaches great importance to the development, promotion, and protection of all workers to have a stable working environment, social security, and good quality of life. The Ministry of Labour held the meeting of the National Informal Workforce Management Committee (NIWMC) No. 1/2021 today to allow all committee members to be aware of the situation of informal workers. The meeting discussed implementing the 2020 Action Plan, which includes 8.3 million workers to receive benefits. The key areas discussed today were: 1) Eight actions have been taken, out of the 14 claims by the informal labour network. The actions include increasing access to funds for home workers, hiring workfare for informal workers working in public services, employment promotion for new graduates (Co-Payment), quota allocation for informal workers in public procurement, and enhancing skills, and business promotion of informal workers. The National Informal Workforce Management Committee (NIWMC) meeting today is the first meeting of 2021. It was organized for all committee members to be aware of the current situation of informal workers, the performance in 2020 under the Informal Workforce Management Action Plan 2017 – 2021, progress on the Promotion and Development of the Quality of Life of the Informal Workers Act B.E. …, and progress on restoring the quality of life of informal workers affected by Covid-19. The meeting also considered the (draft) Informal Workforce Management Action Plan 2020 – 2022 and (draft) action plan for 2021 under the (draft) Informal Workforce Management Action Plan 2020 – 2022 and revised terms. The meeting also ordered the appointment of a subcommittee to coordinate and drive the informal labour management policy.

General Prawit urged the Ministry of Labour and related agencies to accelerate the recovery of informal workers’ quality of life from the effects of Covid-19, promote employment, skill development, and strengthen social security for good quality of life and social equality. There are over 20.4 million informal workers, making this group the country’s largest workforce. Most of the workers earn lower incomes and work hard. They also face problems such as receiving low compensation from work, having an intermittent job, lacking social security, and having no occupational safety and health standards. Therefore, the government’s challenge is to find a solution to manage a large number of informal workers to have careers, jobs, skills, and increased incomes, as well as to have social security, stability, access to opportunities, and social equality. He urged all agencies to accelerate the implementation of the agreed action plans forward.

 

Source: Ministry of Labour

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