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Labour Minister Discusses Expanding the Agricultural Labour Market in Australia with the Thai Ambassador in Canberra

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          On March 1, 2023, the Labour Minister, Mr. Suchart Chomklin, the Assistant to the Labour Minister, Mr. Surachai Chaitrakulthong, the Permanent Secretary of Labour, Mr. Boonchob Suttamanaswong, and the Ministry of Labour’s executives met with the Ambassador of Thailand in Canberra, Ms. Ajaree Srirattanaban, on the occasion of traveling to Australia to have a meeting to discuss labour affairs on the protection and benefits of Thai workers in the agricultural sector. The meeting also discussed the trend of expanding the Thai labour market in the industrial and service sector, such as Thai massage, spa, and Thai chefs, to increase opportunities to support more Thai workers to work in Australia. It also discussed the establishment of a Labour Office in the Commonwealth of Australia to be the center of contact and facilitate Thai workers. The occasion took place at the residence of the Ambassador in Canberra, Australia.
          Mr. Suchart said that today, he and the Ministry of Labour’s executives thanked the Thai Ambassador in Canberra for taking good care of Thai workers regarding their quality of life and rights to ensure protection by the law. It allows Thai workers to work in Australia and will help them develop their skills, generate income, and help raise their families’ status. Today’s discussions will benefit the labour market expansion to allow Thai workers to work in Australia, which is a market that has potential, is in the appropriate position, and receive good compensation. It will also expand the labour market to allow Australia to accept workers in the agricultural sector from Thailand, in line with government policies that focus on promoting Thai workers to work abroad so that Thai people have jobs, have a career, bring income into the country and help increase the country’s competitiveness. As for establishing a labour office in Australia, the Ministry of Labour is currently pushing forward to be an agency to take care, coordinate, promote, and help protect the rights of Thai workers. This will be an important opportunity to help foster more cooperation between Thailand and Australia on labour.
“I would like to thank the Thai Ambassador in Canberra for the discussion today. It is a positive sign that will help create more opportunities for Thai workers to work in Australia, providing opportunities to enhance skills, raise the level of income for workers and their families, and most importantly, it will help generate money for the country and increase competitiveness,” concluded Mr. Suchart.
          The Ambassador of Thailand in Canberra, Ms. Ajaree Srirattanaba, said that the Labour Minister’s visit to Australia was a good opportunity to discuss expanding the labour market for skilled Thai workers. It promotes a standard and opportunity to work in Australia. Australia currently needs workers, especially skilled workers such as welders, technicians, engineers, and skilled craftsmen. In addition, the basic English language skills required by Australia are another important factor in traveling to work in Australia.


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