Thai govt pledges 700 jobs for unemployed Myanmar
THAILAND’S Labour Department and Myanmar embassy officials will provide employment for about 700 Myanmar workers who lost their jobs after the factory that employed them was forced to shut down for environmental reasons.
A computer-recycling factory near Bangkok that employed about 750 migrant workers was closed on May 22 by Thai authorities due to the impact of chemical poisoning and pollution on the environment.
“Thai officials cooperated with us to create about 1000 jobs for workers. Workers will be able to choose which factory they will work at,” U San Maung Oo, labour attaché of the Myanmar embassy in Thailand told The Myanmar Times on Thursday.
Of the factory’s 700 Myanmar workers holding work permits, about 450 were employed under an employment scheme agreed to by the two countries.
Myanmar has also been seeking compensation for the loss of its workers’ jobs, he said.
“We will sue the factory if they fail to compensate the workers,” said U San Maung Oo.
According to Thai labour law, a factory that shuts down due to government action must compensate workers based on seniority, said U Aung Myo Thant, a legal adviser at the embassy.
A labour dispute arose when factory officials refused to pay compensation because the factory was closed by the Thai government against their will, according to embassy officials.
“The factory owner is responsible for the closure of the factory. He was ordered to close the factory for failing to establish proper safety procedures,” said U Aung Myo Thant.
He added that embassy officials and migrants rights organisations are handling several similar disputes in which factories argue that they are closing temporarily to avoid paying compensation.
Thai labour officials have also received about 500 requests for employment from former chicken factory workers.
Thailand is the top destination for Myanmar migrant workers due to lack of employment opportunities in the country.
– The Japan News/yomiuri