“Gen. Adul” Reveals Foreign Worker and Human Trafficking Committee Resolution for Burmese Worker Data Center and Permission for Migrant Workers Under MOU to Work as Labourers

Date: 
Monday, 03 December 2018

           The Labour Minister revealed that the Committee on Foreign Worker and Human Trafficking Policy meeting approved the establishment of a Burmese workers’ data center in Samut Sakhon and is prepared to permit foreign workers from countries engaged in an MOU with Thailand to work as labourers before the proposal to the Cabinet for further approval.

 

 

            On December 3, 2018, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan chaired the meeting of the Committee on Foreign Worker and Human Trafficking Policy 2/2018 with Labour Minister H.E. Police General Adul Sangsingkeo, Permanent Secretary of Labour Mr. Jarin Chakkaphark and the ministry’s senior executives at the Prof. Nikom Conference Room on the 5th floor, Ministry of Labour. The Labour Minister said that the meeting considered approval for the establishment of a temporary Burmese workers’ data center around Talay Thai Market, Samut Sakorn to gather data on two Burmese worker groups which are group 1, Burmese migrants who want to convert identity documents into passports (those that have proven nationality or birth registration in Thailand holding a passport, temporary passport and person certification known as Function A), and group 2, Burmese migrants workers on MOU who want to produce a new passport in order to facilitate and reduce the process for the Burmese workers who wish to return to work under the MOU after the 4-year employment term, known as Function B. The two groups must submit documents as prescribed by the Myanmar government. Once verified, the workers can then collect their passport at the Embassy of Myanmar in Thailand or Passport Centers at Mae Sai - Tha Tak Lek, Mae Sot - Myawaddy and Ranong - Koh Song. The objective of the center is to collect data of migrant workers who applied for a passport, which will be open for 1 year, operating on Monday - Saturday except for Sunday and government holidays. Working hours will be from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm or until finished, and there will be no fees or charges.
            The meeting also approved for migrants who wish to work in Thailand as a labourer, to must be a national of a partner country where the Thai Government has made a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with. If it appears that the workforce of the partner country is not sufficient to meet needs, MOUs with other appropriate countries should be considered. The Ministry of Labor will be responsible for the proposal of the establishment of a Burmese workers’ data center in Samut Sakhon and measures to allow migrants wishing to work in Thailand to the Cabinet for further consideration.

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Division of Public Relations/
News by Chaninthorn Phettab/
Photos by Sompob Silbut/
December 3, 2018/