Ministry of Labour’s agencies told to maintain employment

Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Mr. Phadermchai Sasomsub, Minister of Labour, chaired the Ministry of Labour’s meeting at which Ministry of Labour’s executives including Mr. Somkiat Chayasriwong, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Labour, discussed about the management of the Unemployment Prevention and Relief Program budget in the post flood period and considered ways to help enterprises, which are not ready to take back their workers to work, stabilize employment.




Minister of Labour said the meeting discusses proposals of Ministry of Labour’s agencies on ways to assist people, workers, and enterprises, which have been affected by the last year flooding.
According to the labour minister, from 1 October to 16 January 2012, the floods damaged some 28,679 enterprises, affecting some 993,944 workers. Of these, 28,316 enterprises have resumed their operations and taken some 822,341 workers back to work; 11 enterprises have been closed down, forcing some 3,850 workers to lose their jobs; and some 352 enterprises have still suffered from the flooding impacts with employment of some 167,753 workers having been suspended.
He said Ministry of Labour carried out the Unemployment Prevention and Relief Programs to assist employers to maintain their employees’ jobs since May 2011. Under the program, employers had to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Labour, pledging to keep their employees’ jobs and pay the employees at least 75 percent of their normal wages. In return, the government would assist them by paying the employees some 2,000 baht of monthly financial support each for maximum three months.
As some enterprises have not recovered and resumed their operations, Mr. Padermchai said he has instructed Department of Labour Protection and Welfare to propose relevant agencies about further extension of the program, which originally expired on January 31, 2012, and to consider using the remaining budget to assist these enterprises.
“Thai workers, the factor of production, the national economic resource”
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