Up to 270,000 prison inmates are to be drafted in to work for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) facing labour shortages, Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikuar said Wednesday.
Mr Nattawut told reporters that he had instructed the Department of Business Development to ask the Corrections Department to allow 270,000 prisoners, including 40,000 women, from 193 prisons nationwide to take on manufacturing jobs working for SMEs.
He said a 200-baht daily wage would be offered to inmates employed in primary goods production. The wage would be increased for those with specific skills.
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