The Labour Minister commenced the Informal Labour Fair 2019, creating opportunities and careers for over 20 million informal workers to access government services and receive legal protection and benefits.
On February 13, 2019, Labour Minister, H.E. Police General Adul Sangsingkeopresided over the commencement of the Informal Labour Fair 2019, creating opportunities and careers for informal workers at the event hall, The Bazaar Hotel, Ratchadapisek Road, Bangkok. The Labour Minister said that the ministry saw the importance of informal workers and therefore the Informal Labour Management Action Plan 20172021, as a framework to determine the direction of operations, by setting a vision that “informal workers have a stable income and receive social protection, leading to a sustainable quality of life”. The concept consisted of 3 strategies, including social security enhancement and comprehensive coverage, development of informal labour capacity for work and improvement in the capacity of informal labour management.
Pol.Gen. Adul said that there are currently 21.2 million informal workers, who are essential in driving the country’s economic and social systems Thailand aims to become a developed country, and therefore needs to lay the foundations for systematic development among the informal workforce, to create opportunities for continuous learning, to have a quality informal workforce with the knowledge, competencies and skills consistent with changes in the Thailand 4.0 era, whereby the learnings can then be adapted for informal workers to have a stable career, generate income and expand knowledge in creating quality products. The development and promotion of informal worker potentials must focus on the power of networking following civil state guidelines, by integrating all relevant dimensions and working with all sectors to create a sustainable combination of ideas, co-operation and strengthening of informal workers.
The Informal Labour Fair 2019 under the concept of “creating opportunities and careers for informal workers” aims to raise awareness of the importance of networking for self-development at the local level and to strengthen and exchange knowledge, while enhancing access to government services to be entitled to legal protection and other related benefits. A speech was given also given about driving informal workers. The event had 400 participants, with an exhibition to show the wisdom of the informal labour network on safety and creating a career, which had 350 attendees, including 40 booths from affiliated agencies.
Source: Ministry of Labour