The Labour Minister showed concern for the workforce and ordered the ministry’s Permanent Secretary and Director Generals of each department to ensure that agencies in areas of risk prepare a storm response plan for “Pabuk”. He emphasized to alert workers in the fishing sector and organizations in the 16 provinces, including insurers, to closely follow the official news and call the 1506 hotline 24 hours a day for assistance.
Today (January 4, 2019), Labour Minister H.E. Police General Adul Sangsingkeo reported that Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha had sent orders in the Cabinet’s meeting on January 2, 2019, for cooperation among all ministries to help those suffering from the “Pabuk” storm. The Labour Minister thus ordered the ministry’s Permanent Secretary and heads of all the ministry’s agencies to accelerate integration to prepare a response plan to assist workers, employers, insurers and the people in affected areas from the “Pabuk” storm as follows:
1. The Department of Employment to inform workers in the fishing sector, especially in the 16 risk-area provinces, to closely monitor the situation;
2. The Department of Labour Protection and Welfare to notify organizations in the 16 risk-area provinces and create awareness of the workplace safety plan;
3. The Social Security Office to notify hospitals in the network to prepare service for a large number of insurers suffering from natural disasters;
4. The Provincial Labour Department to coordinate with the provincial operations centers to provide immediate information.
5. Create awareness for people to coordinate for help at the 1506 hotline 24 hours a day.
Pol.Gen. Adul said that the Ministry of Labour was concerned about the workers and the people, especially in Nakhon Si Thammarat and nearby areas. Agencies in Nakhon Si Thammarat were directed to prepare three response plans for the “Papuk” storm which were:
1. Before the incident
1) Prepare and reserve places for evacuation in case the province requests to use the area;
2) Survey the availability of equipment, tools and vehicles to support assistance;
3) Prepare workers with technical knowledge such as electricians to help with people’s safety in risk areas;
4) Use the Ministry of Labour’s provincial operations centers as a monitoring unit and report impact by collaborating with information from the Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office.
2. During the incident
1) Prepare the Ministry of Labour’s service team to enter the area to help people in Mueang Nakhon Si Thammarat district and nearby to cook food together with the royal kitchen;
2) Enter the area to help affected people in Nakhon Si Thammarat province;
3) Coordinate volunteer workers in the affected area to spread awareness to request for help at the Nakhon Sri Thammarat Operation Center and the Ministry of Labour’s Operation Center in Nakhon Si Thammarat via telephone number 081-538-3638, 24 hours a day.
3. After the incident
1) Arrange the Ministry of Labour’s mobile service units to survey the need for labour assistance among workplace employees, informal workers, home workers, etc. and request budget for aid from the occupational alleviation project;
2) Assign the Nakhon Si Thammarat Skill Development Institute 22 together with relevant organizations in the area to provide repair services for electrical appliances and agricultural technologies to victims.
The Labor Minister emphasized the use of Nakhon Si Thammarat’s response plans to other provinces affected by the storm.
“I ask that the workforce and people of Nakhon Si Thammarat and nearby areas be confident that the government and the Ministry of Labour are concerned about the lives of everyone and are ready to protect if suffering from occupational difficulties or natural disasters, Gen. Adul concluded.
Source: Ministry of Labour