PM promises to invoke S44 to solve confusion over new alien workers’ law

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha assured on Sunday that he would invoke Section 44 of the Interim Constitution to suspend or postpone the enforcement of certain provisions of the new law on alien workers which carry punitive actions against employers who hire undocumented migrant workers.

He pleaded with employers and foreign migrant workers not to be worried too much with the law, promising that everything would be settled this week.

The prime minister said that his government was fully aware of the problem and hardship of employers who have to rely on the services of foreign migrant workers.

(I) confirm the government’s respect of the commitments it had done with various countries and attached importance to resistance against human trafficking to make sure that the enforcement of this law on alien workers will not pose an obstruction to these, he said, however, adding that the law is necessary to set a new standard on the management of alien workers here.

He maintained that the government is duty-bound to look after all workers in Thailand �whether they are Thais or foreigners in accordance with the principles of human rights and human dignity.

The prime minister also pleaded with members of the public not to be misled by some elements that the government paid little interest in Thai labour. He pointed out that there was labour shortage for certain jobs such as labourers in construction, agriculture and fishing industries and maids because most Thais disdain the jobs and, hence, the need of foreign migrant workers to fill the void.

He called upon all parties concerned namely employers, employees and members of the public to join hands in solving this labour problem in earnest, failing that it may impact on the economy and national security.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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