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35 Labour Unions Submit a Letter to the Labour Minister to Withdraw the Draft State Enterprise Labour Relations Act B.E….

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            On November 3, 2022, the Labour Minister, Mr. Suchart Chomklin, assigned the Assistant to the Labour Minister, Mr. Surachai Chaitrakulthong, as a representative in receiving the letter submissions from the Mr. Manop Kuarat, Secretary-General of the State Enterprises Workers’ Relations Confederation (SERC) and President of the Thai Rubber Union. They submitted a letter to Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha through the Labour Minister. Thirty-five presidents from other state enterprise labour unions also submitted the letter because the SERC reached a resolution that did not agree with the draft State Enterprise Labour Relations Act B.E…. as it would weaken the SERC. As a result, this could lead to more fraud opportunities. Therefore, they demanded objection to the government to withdraw the draft of the said Act so that the stakeholders could come together to consider the process. The occasion took place at the foyer on the ground floor, Ministry of Labour.
            Mr. Surachai said that the government, under the leadership of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense General Prayuth Chan-ocha, is concerned about all workers who are key drivers of the country’s economy. The government and the Ministry of Labour have given importance to improving the law following the current situation to improve the quality of life of the workforce. Today, the Labour Minister, Mr. Suchart Chomklin, assigned him to represent the Ministry of Labour’s ministers and senior executives to meet with everyone and receive letters from all union representatives. The Labour Minister has expressed his concern and encouragement to all workers.
            Mr. Surachai continued that the essence of the State Enterprise Labour Relations Act, B.E….. is intended to promote freedom of association, conduct business and protect state enterprise labour union organizations under international labour standards. The Ministry of Labour, therefore, has a new draft that is currently in the process of being put into an agenda for the House of Representatives to consider.


Division of Public Relations
3 November 2022