Saturday, 20 October 2012

Migrants subscribe to social security in Thailand

The Nation reports on the registration of migrants for social security in Thailand:
Only 217,972 immigrant workers who registered their nationalities subscribed to the Social Security Office (SSO) to receive the same seven benefits as Thai workers, SSO chief Jeerasak Sukhonthachart said yesterday.

They were 8,826 Laotians, 103,799 Myanmar, 40,935 Cambodians and 64,412 workers of other nationalities.

Employment Department director-general Prawit Khiangpol said 1.3 million out of 1.7 million Myanmar, Cambodian and Laotian workers completed the nationality identification while the rest would be done by December 14.

Employers of workers whose nationalities haven't been proven could in the meantime apply for the Public Health Ministry's Bt1,300-per-head health insurance and a private company's Bt500-per-year insurance covering injuries from work, Prawit said. However, this option isn't mandatory, so only 5,200 immigrant workers have the insurance.

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