Labour Minister Shows Concern for 318 Employees from Oil-Palm Cooperative Assembly in Krabi; Urges SSO to Urgently Assist in Rightful Benefits

Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin showed concern to the 318 employees of the oil-palm cooperative assembly in Ao Luek, Krabi, whereby the employer issued a notice to cease business operations and dismiss employees, effective from March 1 onwards. The SSO and the Ministry of Labour’s agencies have proactively followed up on the cause of the business cessation announcement, and the termination of employment and have urgently provided assistance and remedial rights under the law.

On March 8, 2021, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin spoke about the oil-palm cooperative assembly case in Ao Luek, Krabi, whereby the company announced a business closure and laid off 318 employees. He 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, have great concerns for the workforce. Therefore, the Ministry of Labour was instructed to work proactively and follow up on the notice’s cause to close down the business and the termination of employment and to urgently assist and provide remedies following the rights under the law.

Mr. Suchart discussed the latest progress on assistance. He said that the Social Security Office’s Secretary-General Mr. Todsaphon Kritwongwiman assigned Krabi Provincial Social Security Officer Mrs. Sukanya Jabbang to visit the area with the Ministry of Labour’s agencies in Krabi Province to investigate the facts and provide urgent assistance. A meeting was held with the Deputy Governor of Krabi Province and the Ministry of Labour’s agencies in Krabi to aid at the oil-palm cooperative assembly in Ao Luek, Krabi. The Krabi Social Security report found that in this case, the employers of the oil-palm cooperative assembly issued a notice of business cessation and termination of employment of 318 employees, including 221 employees at the headquarters and 97 of the Klong Thom branch, effective March 1. The Krabi Provincial Social Security Office has clarified the unemployment benefits from employment termination to the employee representatives. Today (March 8, 2021) Deputy Governor of Krabi has arranged a meeting with the Krabi Social Security Office and the Ministry of Labour’s agencies at the location of the cooperative assembly to facilitate registration of unemployment, apply for unemployment benefits, and to take care of the insured employees to receive full legal benefits.

Source: Ministry of Labour

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