On April 28, 2021, at 13.30 hours, at the Tien Achakul Meeting Room, 10th floor, Department of Employment, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin presided over the Subcommittee Meeting to Investigate Foreign Workers Amid the Covid-19 Situation No. 1/2021. Assistant to the Labour Minister Mr. Surachai Chaitrakulthong, Advisory Board Member to the Labour Minister Mrs. Theanrat Nawamawat, the Labour Minister’s Secretariat Mr. Suthep Chitayavong, Major General Nantachat Supamongkol from the Office of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Permanent Secretary of Labour Mr. Suthi Sukosol, the Ministry of Labour’s executives and representatives from the Royal Thai Police and Immigration Office also attended this meeting.
Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin revealed that Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, who oversees the Ministry of Labour, gives importance to the management of foreign workers in Thailand. He emphasized the surveillance, investigation, and Covid-19 screening in all establishments to work together to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“Today’s meeting considered and passed a resolution approving the appointment of six groups for the monitoring and inspection of foreign workers, to inspect, arrest, and prosecute employers/establishments and relevant persons who employ foreign workers illegally, workers who are smuggled into the city and work illegally, including a group who received the waiver following the Cabinet Resolution on December 29, 2020, together with Cabinet Resolution on January 26, 2021, and the Cabinet Resolution on April 7, 2021, but where the steps were not followed,” said the Labour Minister.
Deputy Permanent Secretary of Labour and Acting Director-General of the Department of Employment, Mr. Phairoj Chotikasathian, said that the officers of the six groups for the monitoring and inspection of foreign workers would start their duties from this May onwards. Foreign workers working without a work permit or working in other jobs other than those they are allowed to do will face a fine of 5,000 – 50,000 Baht and return to their country of origin. Employers/establishments in wrongdoing are prosecuted for accepting foreign workers to work without a work permit or allowing foreigners to work in jobs other than those they are entitled to. They will face a fine ranging from 10,000 – 100,000 Baht per foreign worker. For repeated offenses, they face imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or a fine of 50,000 – 200,000 Baht per hired foreign worker, or both, and will not be allowed to hire foreigners for three years.
Source: Ministry of Labour