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Foreign labour rule 'will close factories, hit exports'

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Businesses are calling on the government to ease a strict rule that will prohibit factories awarded investment privileges by the Board of Investment from hiring foreign workers. 

They warned thousands of factories will close and exports will be hard hit by the rule, due to take effect early next year. According to an export industry source, operators are gravely concerned about the rule as labour-intensive industries are short of workers.

"The key problem is that we don't have Thai workers who are willing to work in the jobs done by foreign workers," he said. "If the government strictly abides by the rule, thousands of factories would be subject to closure."

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