Trawler operators given deadline to register their workers on May 30

Date: 
Friday, 16 May 2014
       
 

           

The Ministry of Labour cooperates with concern agencies to inspect in-and out-bound fishing trawlers. Trawler operators who are found to employ illegal migrant workers will be asked to register their employees before the deadline on May 30.

 

 

ML Puntarik Smiti, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Labour, said human trafficking is a major problem the country is facing and it needs to be quickly addressed. Coordination centers for fishery workers have been set up to register migrant workers, write employment contract, report trawlers entering and departing the bay, provide training session, receive notification on employer change, coordinate inspection and receive notification for registration of migrant workers, which is opened twice a year for three months in each period.

 

Deadline for the registration of migrant workers this time is on May 30.

 

The deputy permanent secretary met with representatives of the Royal Thai Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, the Ministry of Commerce and the National Fisheries Association of Thailand to discuss ways to address human trafficking problems in fishery sector.

 

According to data by the seven coordination centers for fishery workers in Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Trat, Ranong, Chumphon, Songkhla and Satun provinces, from March 3-May 15, 57 employers requested to use their quota to employ 1,858 migrant workers. 69 employers requested for certification of status for 1,063 migrant workers. 15 employers applied for article 13 (2) work permit for 290 migrant workers.

 

ML Puntarik said she was not satisfied with the figure and the meeting agreed to intensify inspection on in-and out-bound fishing trawlers. Trawler operators who are found to employ illegal migrant workers will be asked to register their employees before the deadline. Legal actions will be taken against illegal migrant workers after the deadline.

 

ML Puntarik said a sub-committee will be set up to proactively report authorities’ efforts to solve human trafficking problems.

 

The deputy permanent secretary also presented work contracts to president of the National Fisheries Association of Thailand. The documents are written in Thai, English and a language of a migrant worker (Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia).