Labour Rights curtailed during COVID-19

The Thai Ministry of Labour has invoked the Emergency Decree to prohibit labour strikes and lockouts during the Covid-19 outbreak. Any labour disputes will be transferred to the Labour Relations Committee appointed by Chatumongol Sonakul, the Minister of Labour.The order has been in effect from ...

Respect labour rights to avert sanction

Apart from the baht getting stronger, Thai exports will suffer another big blow when the United States cuts Thailand’s duty-free trade privileges due to the poor protection of workers’ rights.From April, the suspension of trade privileges for Thailand under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) ...

Yongyuth Chalamwong & Ratree Prasomsup

Working group urges Thailand to address labor abuses in wake of GSP suspension

In the wake of the US government suspending billions of dollars in trade preferences for Thailand due to worker rights issues, organizations participating in the Seafood Working Group released a statement on Human Rights Day strongly urging the Thai government to undertake the necessary reforms ...

CP Foods vows to protect human rights of workers as US mounts pressure on Thailand

Charoen Pokphand Foods Pcl (CP Foods) has pledged to achieve sustainable development of labour rights across its entire group and supply chains.The company said it conducts constant surveillance to ensure good practices.Under its Human Rights Due Diligence Process, the company said it analyses and assesses ...

The Nation Reporter

Academics urge govt to boost labour rights protection in response to GSP suspension

Academics say Thailand has not been adequately protecting workers’ rights – both Thai and foreign – and though there is some improvement, existing laws and regulations still limit their rights.Their comments came after the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced last week that President Donald Trump ...

Wichit Chaitrong

Protesting temp workers win better job security

The Education Ministry on Wednesday bowed to pressure from temporary employees of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec), agreeing to employ them under an old hiring system widely seen to offer better remuneration and greater job security.Keep reading ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Govt urged against easing labour rules

Human rights advocates are urging the government to keep up its efforts to tackle human trafficking and exploitation following its successes in improving Thailand’s international standing on the issue.Keep reading ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Changes to workplace relocation laws in Thailand

On May 5, 2019, amendments to Thailand’s Labour Protection Act (LPA) introduced changes to a variety of employer obligations to enhance employee protection, including statutory severance pay, maternity leave, and paid necessary business leave, among others. It also set out key amendments to the law ...

Labour rights abuse on the rise

Labour rights violations in ASEAN are among the negative effects of an increase in production due to the ongoing United States (US)-China trade war which has resulted in a shift of some production from China to this part of the world. While the region is ...

Labour Voice Hotline: A Right Call for Worker Rights in Thailand

The Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN) has been working closely with the government, private sectors and the workers themselves to promote human rights in Thailand and abroad for decades. One of the most painful truths that we have found is that their voices can ...

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