Friday, 12 October 2012

Controlling the flow of migrant workers

Bernama News reports on the Thai government's promotion of government-to-government labour migration agreements.
Thailand plans to import migrant workers under government-to-government (G-to-G) agreements, beginning with those from neighbouring Myanmar... the G-to-G labour import will save time and money, and that the number of imported workers will be based on demand from the local private sector. Meanwhile, the National Fisheries Association of Thailand has sought an official permission to bring in about 50,000 foreign workers and the Thai government's committee on foreigners' work has approved its import of workers from Bangladesh. The association however, according to the committee, must work out regulations on the employment of foreign workers and to draft measures to prevent foreign workers from leaving the Thai fishing industry for other kinds of jobs. Thai Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap noted that to prevent human trafficking, the import of workers for the Thai fishing industry will be the sole responsibility of the National Fisheries Association of Thailand and local employers are required to have standard and annual employment contracts for the migrant workers.

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