Treat migrant workers the same as locals: govt

national July 26, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Employers have been advised to follow labour laws protecting migrant workers and treat them the same way Thai workers are treated, while also en-suring they adhere to local laws.

The Depart-ment of Employ-ment advisory was issued yesterday.
The department’s director-general, Sumeth Mahosot, said unlicensed labour agents were being closely monitored by labour officials and immigration after being found trying to register migrant workers at the new one-stop service centres.
The 28 centres in Bangkok and elsewhere to accommodate mass registration of migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. It is being done under the supervision of the military junta.
Sumeth said photos would be taken of any brokers who go to the centres in a bid to stop them from exploiting workers.
Immigration police would also ask them to produce their ID cards and documents to show if they are a lawful representative of an agency or an employer. 
More than 277,000 migrant workers have registered at the centres along with 12,783 of their family members.
Sumeth did not give updated figures on the total number of migrant workers in Thailand working legally and illegally, or how many were in the country before the one-stop centres were set up, and how many were registered previously.

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