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BP: FOREIGN LABOUR Push for longer
- Subject: BP: FOREIGN LABOUR Push for longer
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 10:57:00
Subject: BP: FOREIGN LABOUR Push for longer reprieve
June 12, 1999
Push for longer reprieve
Fishing businesses say they need aliens
Fishing and related businesses in Samut Sakhon want to continue hiring foreign
labour beyond the August 4 deadline, claiming they will not be able to find
enough Thai replacements in time.
The calls were made to Deputy Labour Minister Jongchai Thiengtham, who
yesterday visited the central shrimp market and several seafood processing
factories in the province.
Mr Jongchai was accompanied by Somchai Watana, head of the Employment
Department, and Sakchai Sakullawong, head of the Welfare and Labour Protection
At the shrimp market where all workers hired by more than 70 entrepreneurs are
foreigners, Panas Boonme, a merchant, told Mr Jongchai that many operators of
fishing and related businesses in the province would be forced to shut down if
they could not find enough Thai replacements after August 4.
He claimed these businesses had to rely on foreign workers because Thais
shunned these "dirty jobs".
Mr Jongchai said every provincial governor must inform the ministry of the
of local demand for Thai replacements.
They should work out measures to encourage Thais to take up jobs being done by
alien workers, Mr Jongchai added.
Meanwhile, Monthon Kraiwatnusorn, a New Aspiration Party MP for Samut Sakhon,
said yesterday that most Thai workers did not want jobs in fishing and related
businesses believing they were too risky, especially after two typhoons killed
hundreds of fishing trawler crewmen several years ago.
Mr Somchai said the Employment Department would help find Thai replacements as
requested by the entrepreneurs in Samut Sakhon.
The provincial governor, Wichian Pao-in, said yesterday that fishing and
related businesses in Samut Sakhon would most likely be affected by the
government's policy to round up illegal foreign workers after August 4.
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