The Ministry of Labour’s Inspector-General Mr. Ananchai Uthaipatanacheep and spokesperson, revealed the Ministry of Labour’s given importance to care of both Thai and foreign workers, in order to eliminate human trafficking. The Ministry of Labour’s past operations have included thorough labour inspections, particularly in businesses with risk of using child labour, slavery and debt bondage in fishing, sugarcane, apparel and the meat processing industry. Special task forces have been arranged in 9 at-risk provinces including Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakarn, Tak, Ranong, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chumporn, Prachuab Kiri Khan and Nong Khai.
The Ministry of Labour has also devised good labour practices (GLP) for poultry businesses in Thailand, as well as promoted GLPs with 3,200 organizations so far; by the end of this December the number is to reach 6,208. In addition to this, legislation has been revised such as the Protection of Workers in Agriculture Act B.E 2557, the Protection of Workers in Fisheries Act B.E. 2557 and the ministerial regulation on prohibiting employers from employing workers under the age of 18 years, enforced in 2016. This year, inspections in 585 organizations (farms, butcheries, processing factories and freezing factories) totaling 60,308 workers resulted in warnings for 128 organizations, totaling 7,822 workers.
The Ministry of Labour’s spokesperson further stated that Labour Minister General Sirichai Distakul has given great importance to this issue, whereby monitoring poultry-exporting business, particularly in Ubon Ratchathani. On 11 November 2016, inspections found organization to be practicing according to labour standards. He explained that the Ministry of Labour is determined to work with government units on prevention of human trafficking, especially in poultry businesses which must be free of child labour, slavery and exploitation. The Ministry of Labour, the government and relevant units will continue to work with organizations in maintaining labour standards, protection of workers and a safe working environment.
Source: Ministry of Labour