Joining Hands with the Four CLMV Countries to Address Migrant Workers’ Rights

     The Ministry of Labour is working with the four CLMV countries to protect migrant workers’ rights and tackle human trafficking by establishing a working group to address the problem and increasing cooperation to legally bring foreign workers into the country under MOUs and to fight against human trafficking. The Ministry is prepared to visit work sites, investigate working conditions, and gather the facts which are imperative to setting short- and long-term strategies as well as developing performance indicators

     Mr. Theerapol Koonmueng, Inspector and Spokesman for the Ministry of Labour, said, “General Sirichai Dittakul, Minister of Labour, is strongly committed to curb human trafficking particularly by taking care of migrant workers who contribute significantly to the Thai industrial economy. The Ministry has closely cooperated with the CLMV countries which are the labour-exporting countries to establish preventive and corrective measures to deal with labour rights violation and to create a better understanding about the government’s efforts.”
     Over the past years, the Ministry of Labour by General Sirichai Dittakul, Minister of Labour, has invited ambassadors to the four countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos to discuss and follow up on the progress after the meeting on labour cooperation in September 2015 in order to obtain information and viewpoints about the working conditions of migrant workers in Thailand. The meeting also discussed ways to increase cooperation between countries, and the Ministry proposed a roadmap for cooperation including cooperation on legal importing of foreign labour under MOUs which will receive benefits as specified in the law, not being a victim of human trafficking, establishing a mechanism for collaboration in a form of working group as a channel for discussion and finding solutions on relevant matters such as employment conditions, labour protection, and strategic mapping for labour development both in the short and long terms.

     The meeting also determined locations where the four embassies and the Ministry of Labour would jointly visit to investigate working and employment conditions as well as workers’ residence. The meeting also discussed ways to resolve the issues between Thai employers and migrant workers from the countries which included seeking and presenting the facts to the press and the public for correct understanding. For MOUs and agreements, the bilateral parties will jointly create an action plan and determine performance indicators in order to achieve concrete results.

     The four ambassadors have agreed to the Ministry’s proposals and have shown willingness to cooperate as the proposals would benefit the people of all countries involved.

Create by  - Supawan  Sittipanya (7/1/2019 11:45:49 AM)