Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin presided over the ceremony on the declaration of intent and sign a Memorandum of Understanding to prevent and solve child labour and forced labor for shrimp, fish, sugarcane, and garment product businesses between the Thai Frozen Foods Association and 12 organizations. The MOU demonstrates the organizations’ commitment to care for the workers’ quality of life following international standards, with a commitment to driving government policies to prevent human trafficking, to reach Tier 1.
On March 29, 2021, at the meeting room on the 5th floor, Ministry of Labour, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin presided over the opening ceremony of the declaration of intent and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to prevent and solve child labour and forced labour in shrimp, fish, sugarcane, and garment product businesses. Assistant to the Labour Minister Mr. Surachai Chaitrakulthong, Advisor to the Labour Minister Mrs. Thiwalrat Angkinan, the Labour Minister’s Secretariat Mr. Suthep Chitayavong, Permanent Secretary of Labour Mr. Suthi Sukosol, and the Ministry of Labour’s executives also joined the occasion. The Labour Minister said that the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha and Ministry of Labour under the supervision of Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, is committed to addressing child labour and forced labour in shrimp, fish, sugarcane, and garment products in Thailand. These items appear on the list of products believed to be produced using child labour and forced labour. The efforts aim to continue to drive the policy preventing human trafficking, raising standards to the Tier 1 level. The Labour Minister has ordered the Ministry of Labour’s departments to work with relevant agencies to inspect establishments to campaign for employers and organizations to prevent and resolve human trafficking, to strictly enforce regulations. In the past, Thailand was seen as neglected by government officials. Today it needs to ensure that no government agencies are involved in the human trafficking process. There will also be a follow-up on the prosecution according to the government policy.
Mr. Suchart said that today’s event is to announce the intention and sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Labour’s Department of Labour Protection and Welfare, the Thai Frozen Food Association, and 12 related agencies. It demonstrates the Thai government and private sectors’ commitment to maintaining the quality of life of workers following international standards and is also a starting point for cooperation to prevent and solve problems systematically. It will be implemented according to a joint action plan such as labour data survey, educating workers, and encouraging the implementation of Good Labour Practices (GLP) to ongoing monitoring.
Source: Ministry of Labour