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Phuket-region employers dump hundreds of migrant workers after new labour laws

PHUKET: Hundreds of migrant workers sacked in Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi in the fallout from the harsher penalties under labour law have arrived in Phuket begging for help to be sent home.

Myanmar, immigration, economics, crime,


Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 3 July 2017, 11:25AM


Some of them have been hiding in the jungle for days out of fear of being caught.

A total of 389 migrant workers on Friday and Saturday (June 30-July 1) gathered at The Mike Matthews Learning Center in Rassada, requesting assistance in order to return to Myanmar.

The learning centre, set up and operated by the well-known charity the Good Shepherd, was opened in 2010 to provide basic education to children from poor families from Myanmar.

The workers reported that they had been sacked from various jobs across Phang Nga, Phuket and Krabi provinces after the harsher labour law penalties issued in an “Emergency Decree”, effective on June 23. (See story here).

Under the new penalties, deceiving that one can bring a foreigner to work without a work permit can incur a fine from B600,000 up to B1 million and from three to 10 years in prison, or both, for each foreign worker deceived.

Also, employers caught hiring foreigners to perform work in a forbidden position face fines of B400,000 to B800,000, and a possible fine of up to B400,000 per foreigner working in excess of work described in the work permit.

One Myanmar volunteer at the centre, who asked to be named only as Mr “Mit”, said on Saturday, “As a result of the new labour law penalties, Myanmar workers from Phang Nga, Phuket and Krabi have coordinated with the centre for assistance. They say that because their employers are afraid of the new penalties, they have all been ‘dismissed’ and given money for the return trip.”

“Some have been fully paid for the return, others only partially. Since Friday (June 30), 65 workers have come for help and have been sent back to Myanmar,” he said.

“On [Saturday was] the second batch with 324 people, most recently totalling 389 people, and we continue to receive more requests from labourers,” he added.

“Most of the workers were dismissed by employers for fear of being found guilty. Some say they have hidden in the jungle for many days out of fear, before coming to request assistance to go back.”

Centre staff prepared all labour records before separating male workers and female workers to stay in two different locations to reduce congestion, with male workers sent to the Tha Ruea Shrine and women and children staying at the learning centre as authorities organised their return trip on Sunday (July 2).

Phuket Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawad, Phuket Provincial Defense Office Chief Sivach Rawangkul visited the centre on Saturday and ordered relevant officials, including the Phuket Immigration police to assist with the migrant workers’ return, providing drinking water and necessities for the trip.

 

 

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Jor12 | 05 July 2017 - 13:50:18

Christy...that's what I said - "the penalties have been upped". Disproportionate against migrants...rubbish. It's a choice they make. If you get away with it, all well and good...if not, too bad.

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Christy Sweet | 04 July 2017 - 20:43:27

Jor 12,  Penalties are more severe. That's a change in rules. Migrants are disproportionately affected and many are now suffering.
 I have heard of human trafficking.

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Jor12 | 04 July 2017 - 16:54:54

Christy...it's been the law since Adam was boy! - just the penalties have been "upped." You've probably have heard of human trafficking and what that entails.

Nasa12...what has owning bungalows in Karon got to do with this article?

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Christy Sweet | 04 July 2017 - 08:31:34

One of the most frustrating aspects  of life in Thailand are these  rule changes, or more often than not-sudden implementation of existing, but long ignored rules. While most of the western foreigners can adjust or at least arrange more time to facilitate a departure- these low income, migrant workers are really put in a bad situation leaving them vulnerable and without any choices. C'mon Thailand, announce rule changes well in advance- it's only the right thing to do.

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Nasa12 | 04 July 2017 - 08:07:36

@ematt, CaptainJack this man he have 80 + - bungalows in Karon Right or wrong ?

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ematt | 03 July 2017 - 17:52:19

This must be fake news because CaptainJack has already assured us that "these 'new measures' are aimed squarely at 'rich foreigners' (and generating income from them)."

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