Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin assigned his Advisor to visit Samut Songkhram, see and give words of encouragement to informal workers and meet heads of relevant agencies. The Advisor listened to information on driving labour policies and promoting occupation, independent workers and elderly groups, to have a stable income, and to support themselves and their family.
On November 16, 2020, the Labour Minister assigned Advisor to the Labour Minister Mrs. Thiwalrat Angkinan, chaired the meeting to hand over the Ministry of Labour’s policies and practices to government agencies’ heads under the Ministry of Labour in Samut Songkhram. She also took the opportunity to listen to problems, obstacles, and suggestions to build morale and encouragement. The meeting took place at the Samut Songkhram Skill Development Office meeting room. Advisory Board Member to the Labour Minister Mrs. Thienrat Navamawat also joined the forum. On this occasion, they paid a visit, gave words of encouragement, and followed up on the community enterprise’s performance, the coconut restoration group in Mueang Mai, Amphawa, Samut Songkhram. There are currently 51 members in the group. In 2020, they joined the Integrated Vocational Training in agricultural product processing for Namwa banana, an 18-hour course, whereby 23 people passed the training.
Samut Songkhram has a workforce of 111,868 people, comprising 111,075 employed and 793 unemployed people. There are 58,454 informal workers and 16,418 foreign workers, with 1,564 companies under the social security system with 21,068 insured persons. The minimum wage is 323 Baht per day. Compensation for unemployment cases for insured persons affected by workforce reductions resulting from Covid-19 amounted to 4,803 cases, totaling 45,578,791.80 Baht.
The Labour Minister’s Advisor chaired the meeting to hand over the Ministry of Labour’s policies and practices to the heads of government agencies under the Ministry of Labour in Samut Sakhon. She also took the opportunity to listen to problems, obstacles, and suggestions to build morale and encouragement for staff. The meeting took place at the Social Security Office meeting room, Samut Sakhon. The Labour Minister’s Adviser said that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has given importance to resolving various difficulties in different dimensions, to workers, companies and the general public, to resolve troubles keep up with the changing situations. The effort also drives the Ministry of Labour’s policies, assigned by the Prime Minister. Today, the Advisor reiterated several issues: 1) Providing assistance and remedies to workers and companies affected by Covid-19; 2) Solving problems sustainably by supporting employment, legislation, promotion, and development of the quality of life of informal workers; 3) Creating incentives to work by upgrading skills and labour to meet international standards, supporting credit measures to promote employment; 4) To monitor the performance of the Co-payment project. At the provincial level, all agencies are requested to work together to watch the labour situation closely, in particular, the number of workers and companies affected by Covid-19 to provide assistance, rehabilitation, and request for provincial workers to act as a center in all aspects including making action plans, giving labor information at the local level, integration with provincial agencies and network partners including labour volunteers who are a link to the Ministry of Labour’s services in the community.
Then they visited, gave words of encouragement, and followed up on the performance of the informal workers, the “Model Fishing Boat Craft Group.” They were welcomed by Mr. Chatchawan Chaosamut, the President of the Group, and 15 members at the Model Fishing Boat Craft Learning Center, No. 65/4 Moo 5, Bang Ya Phraek, Muang Samut Sakhon, Samut Sakhon. The said group was established in July 2011 by joining a group of 7 boat lovers to set up a wooden model fishing boat production group as an additional career. They made fishing boats, trawlers, fishing nets, and local fishing boats. Each ship takes about 10-14 days and sells at 3,000-4,000 Baht each. It has currently upgraded to a learning center in the field of intellectual identity to develop into a career by transmitting knowledge on the invention of a model fishing boat to interested groups such as the unemployed, the elderly, and the youths in the area. The departments under the Ministry of Labour in Samut Sakhon jointly organized an activity to promote career development, income, knowledge about safety and occupational health, and build social security. They have organized a 30-hour skill training course with members of the group. They have trained 20 people to provide knowledge about group management, access to funding, getting work to do at home, to promote one person with disabilities to be self-employed, and to provide information about occupational safety. The initiative also supports knowledge about the working environment, preventing hazards related to tools and occupational health, knowledge about changes at work, and social security benefits under Section 40, and other various options.
Samut Sakorn has a workforce of 717,310 people, comprising 706,841 employed and 10,468 unemployed people. There are 188,226 informal workers, 62,421 agricultural workers, and 125,805 non-agricultural workers. The minimum wage is 331 Baht per day. There are 11,686 companies under the social security system with 442,821 insured persons under Section 33, 37,607 insured persons under Section 39, and 45,776 insured persons under Section 40. There are 281,121 foreign workers. Compensation for unemployment cases for insured persons affected by workforce reductions resulting from Covid-19 amounted to 22,865 cases, totaling 181,498,389.75 Baht.
Source: Ministry of Labour