Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin met and gave words of encouragement to employees from seven labour organizations and received a letter of claims if employees were affected by labour disputes. The Department of Labour Protection and Welfare has accelerated a follow-up to help resolve labour disputes following the law as quickly as possible.
On March 10, 2021, at 11.30 hours, at the foyer of the Ministry of Labour, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin met and gave words of encouragement to employees affected by labour problems from seven labour organizations to find ways to help following the procedures of the labour protection law. The Labour Minister said that the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister and Minister of Defense General Prayuth Chan-ocha, and the Ministry of Labour under the supervision of Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, has a great concern for all workers and groups. Therefore, the Ministry of Labour has been instructed to work proactively, follow-up assistance, and support the workforce in all dimensions. Today, the Labour Minister followed up on the problems of the workers himself. In the case of labour problems from each labour union, he has ordered the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare to accelerate a follow-up and report the results back as soon as possible.
On this same occasion, Deputy Chair of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee (TLSC), Mrs. Apantri Charoensak, brought a group of 250 employees to thank the Labour Minister for supporting insured persons under Section 33, totaling 9.27 million people, who received the aid of 4,000 Baht per person successfully. She also submitted a letter of claims to affected employees from labour disputes to the Labour Minister to present issues and discuss solutions. The issues are as follows: 1) The Summit Laem Chabang Auto Body Labour Union claimed the employer created evidence of returning to work by paying employees’ wages for seven days and then laid off employees whereby paying contributions to the Social Security Office. This caused employees to lose their unemployment benefits in the last period. 2) The Thai Automotive Products Workers Union (Toyoda Gosei Rubber Thailand Co., Ltd.) submitted claims whereby the company accused Mr. Sunthorn Petchon of inciting employees and leaving Mr. Sunthorn and 14 others outside the company. The given reason was to update the company and issued orders to stop performing duties continuously. The workers union submitted a petition for the TLSC’s consideration. It issued an order that the actions of the company violated the Labour Relations Act B.E. 2518 and instructed the company to revoke the order on the 14 employees, allow them to return to their original positions, and pay extra money to the 14 employees. However, the 14 employees did not receive any extra payments. 3) The Thai Automotive Products Workers Union (employees of Pongpara Codan Rubber Co., Ltd.) submitted claims where the employer filed a petition to the labour court requesting permission to terminate the employment of Mr. Somkid Kongna and eight people. The case was pending until January 30, 2021, which is unlawful since the court has not allowed the company to terminate employment. The case is in the process of reviewing by the labour court. 4) Yachiyoda Workers Union of Thailand submitted claims that the company does not comply with the law on termination of employment of directors. The union does not have charges because the employer does not want the employee to file a petition at Pathumthani Labour Office. It is in the process of calling the employer to clarify the facts. 5) Siam Yachiyo Company Limited Labor Union filed claims that the company does not comply with the Labour Protection Act B.E. 2541, using the unlawful power to bully employees to not be able to continue to work and not receiving legal compensation. 6) Wing-Span Labour Union issue claims about the security company for airports in Thailand, such as unfair employee transfers, the announcement of the Work From Home policy with the monthly search staff (forced time off), and deduction of employee salaries if the employee does not come to work on holidays, whereby instructing security guards to work for 8 hours without permission to go to the bathroom or do necessary personal errands. The instructions caused female employees to have health problems. The company announced increasing working hours from 8 hours to 12 hours in the security department and did not provide a medical room or room for employees’ breaks. The company does not have a committee for occupational safety, health, and working environment according to the law. 7) Yushin Company filed claims to follow up on the progress of the Labour Relations Committee orders from October 2020 and a report on what progress has been made at this time.
Deputy Chair of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee (TLSC) Mrs. Apantri Charoensak thanked Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, and Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin for helping the workforce and driving the “Section 33 We Love Each Other” project to become successful. In the past, insured persons in the social security system did not receive any assistance before. Although 4,000 Baht is not much, it can still help to alleviate the daily expenses of workers. These funds will also help stimulate the domestic economy to recover quickly as well.
Source: Ministry of Labour