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

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

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

UN agencies urge stronger efforts to stop illegal fishing

Major United Nations agencies are urging major fishing nations to join efforts to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing as an activist warns that Thai vessels are being registered overseas to bypass the kingdom’s tough new laws.Keep reading ...

LPN hosted training session to promote labour rights among migrant workers

The Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN) which has Sompong Srakaew, director and founder, recently hosted a training program to improve workers’ quality of life, especially migrant workers, by providing knowledge on labour regulations and welfare under Thai labour laws.Keep reading ...

The Nation Reporter

Workers pan sub-contracting

About 1,000 workers gathered at Government House on Sunday (Oct 8), calling on the government to end unfair contracts and unsafe working conditions in both the private and public sectors. The workers, led by labour rights advocates Sawit Kaewwan and Chalee Loysoong, marched from the ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Forced labour ‘widespread’

Workers in Thailand remain vulnerable to becoming victims of forced labour, labour rights activists said yesterday, as they urged authorities to pass the Prevention and Eradication of Forced Labour Bill to provide more inclusive protection for their workforce.While migrant workers in fisheries and agricultural sectors ...

Pratch Rujivanarom

Labour activists seek better retirement benefits for Thais

Labour-rights activists are pressing for better welfare and law enforcement for workers, both Thais and migrants, on the occasion of Labour Day.Celebrated on May 1 every year, this important day gives workers and activists ample opportunities to make their voices heard.Keep reading ...

Chularat Saengpassa and Rachanon Charoonsak

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