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Labour Minister Responds to PM Policy to Deploy Thai Workers in Israeli Agricultural Sector

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          On November 23, 2021, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin gave a speech and encouragement to 120 Thai workers before traveling to work in the Israeli agricultural sector under the TIC project. The occasion took place at the job seeker checkpoint in Suvarnabhumi Airport. Secretariat to the Labour Minister Mr. Suthep Chitvong, the Ministry of Labour’s Spokesperson (on politics), Mrs. Thienrat Navamawat, Permanent Secretary of Labour Mr. Boonchob Suttamanaswong, and the Department of Employment’s Director-General Pairoj Chotiksetian joined the delegation.
          Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin said that today, 120 Thai workers were scheduled to travel to work under the Thailand-Israel Cooperation on the Placement of Workers (TIC) program. The workers included 115 men and five women. The said Thai workers will travel to work with employers in the agricultural sector. The businesses include flower gardening, cactus planting, growing tomatoes, bananas, watermelons, and pumpkins, and raising cattle, pigs, chickens, and bees. The first employment period is two years. The contract can be renewed for an additional three years and three months for a total of not more than five years and two months. All workers will travel via passenger plane, flight LY 082 of EL AL Israel Airlines, from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Tel Aviv, Israel.
          “The government under the leadership of Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha and Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, who oversees the Ministry of Labour, emphasizes the promotion of Thai workers traveling to work abroad, providing a job and bringing income into the country. They shared their encouragement through me, to the Thai workers. We ask everyone to strictly follow the measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 with diligence, patience, and hard work. We encourage you to follow Israeli laws and not get involved in drugs, intoxicants, and gambling. Learn how to save money to send money back to your families, and learn about agricultural experiences gained from working to come back and develop the country and build your career after the contract is over,” said the Labour Minister.
          The Department of Employment’s Director-General Pairoj Chotikasathian said the Department of Employment has a transparent selection process from recruiting, interviewing, contracting, and audits from many relevant agencies. He said that Thai workers are skilled in working in the agricultural sector. A total of 25,000 Thai workers have traveled to work in the Israeli agricultural sector. In 2022, Thailand has received a quota of 6,500 workers, an increase compared to the 2021 fiscal year, where they received a quota of 5,000 people. Israeli employers have reported the need to hire more Thai workers from the original quota. Last year, a total of 6,011 Thai workers were dispatched. It is gratifying to see that fo employers in foreign countries have confidence in the skill and potential of Thai workers.
          “This year, PIBA has requested Thailand to dispatch 2,500 workers from January to March 2022. The Department of Employment plans to deliver four flights monthly, with about 600 people in each batch. The Thai workers will receive a minimum monthly salary before tax deductions of 5,300 Shekels, or about 56,021 Baht (depending on the exchange rate at that time). Those interested in working abroad can follow the news and recruitment announcements at or ask for more details at the Provincial Employment Office in all provinces, the Bangkok Employment Office Area 1-10, or the Ministry of Labour’s hotline, call 1506 and press 2 for the Department of Employment, or contact the Department of Employment directly on 1694,” said the Department of Employment’s Director-General.


Division of Public Relations
23 November 2021