Union Minister meets with migrant worker assistance groups in Thailand

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Union Minister U Thein Swe addresses a meeting with migrant worker assistance groups in Bangkok on 22 September. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe, who was in Bangkok under the invitation of Thailand Minister of Labour, met with migrant worker assistance groups at Emerald Hotel Panorama meeting hall in Bangkok on 22 September.
At the meeting, the Union Minister spoke of his gratitude and appreciation to the worker assistance groups for taking care of Myanmar workers and families in Thailand, requirement to conduct matters according to the law of the relevant country, five embassy officials in Thailand being ready to assist where necessary and Myanmar workers in the past crossing the border illegally and being exploited, trafficked and forced to work. He then said that, at present, workers were being sent under an MoU system that protects and provides full rights. The situation of the Myanmar workers has also improved as embassy officials, led by the Ambassador, was also providing necessary legal advice and cooperating with Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation, said the Union Minister.
On 23 September, the Union Minister went to the opening ceremony of a reception and resettlement center where One Stop Service for documentation, protection accorded by the law and full social protection of undocumented Myanmar workers on fishing boats will be provided.
At the ceremony, the Union Minister said majority of migrant workers in Thailand were from Myanmar and the two countries are having friendly cooperation on the affairs of these workers. For the workers on fishing boats to work legally and obtain full rights, accorded by the law, Myanmar side will open a migrant workers office in Kawthoung for workers who will be sent under the MoU system. At this office, workers will be provided with pre-work trainings, workers identity and sign the employment agreements. For this MoU system to be successful, effective action must be taken against brokers, agencies from the two countries that are conducting their work inappropriately and employers who violate the rights of the workers. Help and assistance centers, where 24-hour service can be provided for workers in need must be opened in ports of the 22 provinces in Thailand. Staff who can speak in Myanmar language need to be employed there and Myanmar workers must have equal rights in the same way as other workers. They must have the right to hold proper document, have insurance coverage, obtain medical treatment, leave and travel freely. The Union Minister said more friendly cooperation is needed between the two countries and welcomed the opening of the One Stop Service Center.
Present at the ceremony from Myanmar side with the Union Minister were Department of Labour Director General, officials from National Registration Department and Myanmar Police Force, while from the Thailand side Minister for Labour, Ranong mayor, fishery association chairman and officials were in attendance.

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