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Phuket officials ordered to strictly enforce labour laws

PHUKET: Relevant officials on the island have been ordered to strictly enforce laws relating to foreign workers and rid Phuket of any illegal labourers.

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Suthicha Sirirat

Saturday 27 August 2016, 02:42PM


Gen Sirichai Ditsakul of the Ministry of Labour (centre) and Ministry of Labour spokesman, Mr Theerapol Khunmuang (right). Photo: Suthicha Sirirat
Gen Sirichai Ditsakul of the Ministry of Labour (centre) and Ministry of Labour spokesman, Mr Theerapol Khunmuang (right). Photo: Suthicha Sirirat

The order was made by Gen Sirichai Ditsakul of the Ministry of Labour during a visit to Phuket yesterday (Aug 26), where he also discussed with employers about minimum wages for skilled workers.

Yesterday’s meeting was held at Provincial Hall and attended by local businessmen and investors including the Federation Phuket Industry, Phuket Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Council of Phuket, Tourism Association, Tour Guide Association and more.

Gen Sirichai said that the reason for his visit was to follow up on the government’s policy regarding Thailand’s labour issues.

“We want everyone to understand the current labour laws and policies and to use the guidelines which have been set out for the next 20 years and are aimed at stabilising the county’s labour force and developing a better economy and society for our future generations,” Gen Sirichai said.

Ministry of Labour spokesman, Mr Theerapol Khunmuang, added “Today we have come to Phuket to visit local labour office officials to thank them for their work and also to make them understand the government’s current policies.

“The registration process for migrant workers is not longer extendable, so local officials must strictly enforce the law and welcome the process of using the MOU so all migrants worker information can by in the system in the country from where they came.

“Foreigners working in Thailand must have employees and work according to their work permit, migrants cannot work as a street vendor, and if officials find any they will be arrested,” he said.

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“Local businessmen attending today’s meeting also gained some valuable advice from the Minister especially regarding setting wages according to an employee’s skill level, which is one of the Ministry’s policies.”

“Today the minimum wage for employees is B300, however, the Ministry will require employers to pay higher wages for skilled workers. So far we have increased wages for skilled workers in 55 job roles, 12 more roles will be added this year which will mostly be within the industrial industry.

“By next year we will add another 16 roles, four being in the industrial industry.

“Our aim is to cover all the workforce. The minimum wage for skilled workers is B360 per day and the maximum B880 per day,” he added.

“Phuket is a tourism landmark, so the island must be ready to provide manpower and skilled workers for the labour industry so it can compete with the rest of the world.

“This will attract more jobs and create skilled /competitive employees. In turn, we can generate more income for Phuket and for the country. We also want Phuket to be the super centre of digital hubs,” he concluded.

 

 

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Asterix | 29 August 2016 - 11:52:47

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

QUOTE IN THE ARTICLE - "Yesterday’s meeting was held at Provincial Hall and attended by local businessmen and investors including the Federation Phuket Industry, Phuket Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Council of Phuket, Tourism Association, Tour Guide Association and more."

The Foreign Business Act & Labour Department (Stamped on a page inside the work-permit issued by the Labour Department in Phuket).

Prohibited to work as : "Tour guide or conducting sightseeing tour includes to a job accompanying individuals or group visitors to visit landscapes and places and providing information on the tourist attractions, culture as well as local traditions. This job includes organizing sight-seeing programs providing vehicles or reserving seats on boats, trains, aircrafts, cars or other vehicles and providing accomodation or reserving hotel rooms and facilitating for tourists in any matters..."

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Ed Sanders | 28 August 2016 - 19:18:09

“Today we have come to Phuket to visit local labour office officials to thank them for their work..."  HaHaHa!!!  If they were doing their work, you wouldn't need to come here to remind them that they need to do their job!  I feel so bad for these poor Burmese laborers...packed like sardines in the back of trucks at 11:00 at night, driven by some uneducated jerk that treats them like 3rd class citizens.  This must be another puppet show to show civilized countries that Thailand is doing something about human trafficking, even though they aren't. 

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Kurt | 28 August 2016 - 13:07:27

If I was a thai Phuket official I would feel 'loose face' when
another thai authority orders me to strictly enforce labour laws.
It looks like I didn't enforce strictly until now. Hahahaha.

Seems Bangkok ministerial authorities know exactly with what kind of Phuket officials they are dealing.
Guess they know it are not thai officials who rule Phuket, but influential entrepeneurs who 'feed' the thai officials.

Ever red that after a raid on Phuket to pick up illegal workers the thai company bosses were arrested, fined, thrown in jail?
Never.

Recently influential Phuket entepreneurs asked 'Bangkok' to let present Phuket governor stay on Phuket and not replace him.
When I was Governor I would be not happy with such a request.
It would 'label' me, as I am from Phuket and seen as  a part of a old boys Phuket network.

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Christy Sweet | 28 August 2016 - 08:11:20

Layan Soi 7 ( N Bang Tao Beach.)  800 + workers living in tin warehouse firetraps, camp not closed at night, sewage run off , trash burnt. Who do I call?  

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bigasail33 | 28 August 2016 - 08:02:50

Who will do the job? Tuk Tuk drivers?I have not seen a Thai doing a regular job for a regular salary here in Phuket in years.Unscilled no english and lazy! Prove me wrong! Horst

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simon01 | 27 August 2016 - 15:11:43

Super center of digital hubs ?  When it rains the power goes off.  The weight of cables alone can bring phone lines and power cables down.  There are power shortages all over the island all year round. The driving is so bad that almost everyday power lines are down,  The roads are so bad that they need repairing before they are finished so underground cables are out.  To manage to do this the entire island needs to be totally flattened and rebuilt from the bottom up. 

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