Labour Minister Excels for Thailand 4.0

Labour Minister General Sirichai Distakul chaired the meeting at the Jompol P. Pibulsongkram conference room to summarize progress for the first 6 months of operations, and presented guidelines to the ministry’s executives on the following 6 months for 2017. On the topic of effective and aligned operations for the next 6 months, the Labour Minister presented the following 8 guidelines:

1) Prevention and elimination of human trafficking through zero tolerance policies, improving employment to meet international standards. Driving implementation of GLP and TLS in all businesses through enforcement of internationally standardized laws.

2) Improvement of productivity towards a Thailand 4.0, where 2016 showed an average increase by 3 percent. Further studies are to be conducted on labour demands to plan for aligned improvements. Seventy-five percent of labour demands were from interdisciplinary fields, therefore integration between educational institutions and organizations will be necessary to ensure sufficient supply of skillful labour. Each provincial labour team will require its own strategy, with each labour group also requiring local-level strategies; this also includes special economic areas.

3) The Safety Thailand policy’s importance is on creating awareness amongst the people through educating the significance of danger and loss, creating a safe culture and voluntary spirit without enforcement of law. Such culture will need to start with civil servants as a model for the people.

4) Employment of handicapped and senior workers through improvement of measures to facilitate such employment, and to extend social protection to these groups.

5) Improvement to the quality of lives for informal workers, focusing on social protection and hygiene, employment opportunities and efficient management. This includes the creation of an information database for informal workers, looking at what professions they are in, where development is needed and the level of access to social security.

6) Reformation of legislation and more effective management in the form of a One Stop Service center, allowing the national ID card to access various services.

7) Zero corruption through clear regulations, implementation of IT and e-services by facilitating self-services to reduce the need for face-to-face contact with officers and risks of corruption.

8) Integration of information technology through use of accurate data to help in decision making processes.

Source: Ministry of Labour

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