On October 26, 2022, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin spoke about the current flood crisis that has affected people’s lives in many areas. The Ministry of Labour is aware and concerned for the well-being and hygiene of the people. Today, the Ministry of Labour organized volunteer activities to donate relief bags to help flood victims. The Labour Minister assigned the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Labour, Ms. Bubpha Rueangsud, to lead a team of the Ministry of Labour’s volunteers to visit the area to support and donate relief bags to flood victims in Chainat and Singburi Province. The first point was the headman’s office of Ban Mai Bang Kra Bien, Moo 12, Khluk Subdistrict, Sappaya District, Chainat Province. The second point was at Femina Lace Die Works Co., Ltd., the fourth at Moo 7, Chaksri Subdistrict, Muang District, Singburi Province, and the fifth at Sala Saphan Village, Moo 3, Chi Nam Rai Subdistrict, In Buri District, Singburi Province. Deputy Governors, sheriffs, local administrative organizations, and community leaders gave a welcome.
Ms. Bubpha said that the Ministry of Labour is concerned for the flood victims and has instructed its agencies to work with the province for support. The Provincial Offices/Institutes of Skill Development have supported vehicles transporting people whose houses were flooded to temporary shelters and deployed technicians to take care of the people and the relevant agencies. They have set up a tent to provide repair services for motorcycles, electrical appliances, and small agricultural engines to reduce the cost to people whose electrical equipment was damaged by the flood. Support staff have prepared food to distribute to people in shelters and affected homes and have worked with local agencies to construct floating restrooms. The Provincial Employment Offices have prepared relief bags for affected people to offer initial alleviation. The Provincial Labour Protection and Welfare Offices have issued letters requesting cooperation from employers to allow employees affected by the flooding and unable to come to work to take time off without being considered as leave or an offense against the work regulations. The Social Security Office has supported Section 33 insured persons whose workplaces/factories or homes are in areas announced as flooded zones and employees who cannot go to work. Such insured persons will receive compensation from force majeure at 50 percent of wages, not exceeding 15,000 Baht, for a maximum of 180 days.
People, employers, employees, and insured persons who have been affected by the flood in each area and need support from the Ministry of Labour’s agencies, can contact the Ministry of Labour’s 1506 hotline.
Division of Public Relations
26 October 2022