Thailand extends contracts of over 200,000 migrant workers

The Thai Cabinet’s recent decision to extend employment contracts for over 200,000 migrant workers has eased concerns about a domestic labour shortage.Poj Aramwattananont, Vice Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and President of the Labour and Skill Development Committee, said based on discussions held ...

Thai labour to fill vacancies caused by migrant workers unable to return amid Covid

The government aims to promote employment for Thais in industries facing labour shortage due to Covid-19.Labour Minister Suchat Chomklin said on Saturday that several industries were in need of labourers, as migrant workers have been prohibited from returning to Thailand due to Covid-19 restrictions.He said ...

The Nation Reporter

Effective measures to control infections key in battle against Covid-19, says virologist

Implementing measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is far more important than worrying about the number of patients, Dr Yong Poovorawan, a virologist at Chulalongkorn University, said on Tuesday.In a Facebook post, he said people were concerned after Thailand saw the highest spike in ...

The Nation Reporter

In Migrant Worker Hub, Thailand Sees a Rare Coronavirus Surge

After a year in which it has mostly kept the coronavirus under control, Thailand has seen a sudden alarming spike in coronavirus infections. On December 20, Thai health authorities announced a record 689 infections, including 516 cases announced the day before.That is by far the ...

With 576 new Covid-19 cases, Thailand sees highest single-day spike

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Sunday reported 576 new cases over a 24-hour period.Most cases are migrant workers in Samut Sakhon province (516), Thais and foreigners who have come from abroad (41), and domestic cases in Samut Sakhon and Bangkok (19)Keep reading ...

The Nation Reporter

COVID-19: Thailand’s Looming Second Wave

Health experts warn that Thailand is vulnerable to a second wave of COVID-19 infections due to neglect of the country’s massive migrant labor sector. Migrant workers often live in squalid, cramped conditions without adequate sanitation and poor access to medical care.Keep reading ...

Tom Fawthrop

Fishing Boats Seek 50,000 Workers as Virus Spurs Migrants to Leave

Despite adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand’s fishing industry is currently looking to hire as many as 50,000 men to go out to sea aboard trawlers, said a senior government official on Saturday.Phithoon Damsakhon, chief of the Department of Employment’s provincial branch of Ranong ...

Backbone of migrant health care

Ranong and Samut Sakhon provinces have managed to keep Covid-19 infections at bay and credit for their impregnable defence is owed largely to village volunteer health workers.Known formally as Migrant Health Volunteers (MHVs), they reach out to the migrant worker groups who make up a ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Labour dept teaches migrant workers the importance of social distancing etc

The Department of Labour Protection and Welfare has sent out a team of officials to instruct the employers of migrant workers about the government’s measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.Apinya Sujarittanan, director-general of the department, said that many businesses had not put in place ...

The Nation Reporter

Migrant workers allowed extension of stay until Nov 30

The government has approved extension of stay for migrant labourers up to November 30, exempting them from overstay penalty.Government Spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said yesterday the government has backed the Ministry of Labour’s review of the Cabinet resolution on March 24 on the period of leniency ...

The Nation Reporter

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