Thai govt pledges 700 jobs for un­em­ployed Myan­mar

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - JUNE 8, 2018 ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­times.com

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

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