Ease rules on migrant workers, govt told
International labour NGOs have called on the Labour Ministry to relax regulations for migrant workers after many lost their legal working status in Thailand during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Adisorn Kerdmongkol, from the Migrant Working Group, said the group expects that businesses will reopen after Covid-19 but a labour shortage might lie in wait. Many migrant workers will no longer be in the system and become illegal workers thanks to various factors such as the completion of their employment contracts, expiry of work permits and lay offs.
The government has extended visas for migrant workers until July 31 but not their work permits. In the case of lay-offs, migrant workers must find a new employer within 30 days, but it is hard to find a new job during the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Adisorn said.
Migrant workers who are in the process of registering for work permits might get caught out if the businesses close while the registration process is still under way. Mr Adisorn said migrant workers' illegal status might lead to other problems such as violation of labour rights and human trafficking.
A resource centre for migrant workers in Chiang Rai said the government should ease regulations for workers affected by Covid-19.