Dignity for returning berry pickers

Dignity for returning berry pickers

About 500 out of more than 5,000 Thai wild berry pickers in Finland and Sweden have returned home and are receiving adequate Covid-19 screenings at various quarantine facilities in the kingdom, said the Labour Ministry.

A total of 498 workers from the Scandinavian countries arrived in the kingdom on Thursday. Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin said 4,741 others will return home over the next few weeks, by Oct 22, as their contracts have expired.

Their number raised concerns about whether the kingdom has sufficient resources, measures and facilities in place to prevent transmission of the coronavirus among the workers, should any of them be infected.

Upon arrival at the Suvarnabhumi airport, they must produce a document showing their Covid-19 test results within 72 hours of departing from their city of origin. They must then be placed in a quarantine facility for 14 days.

Mr Suchart said as the ministry continues to export workers, it will ensure they are treated with dignity and be given proper healthcare.

Many countries are interested in recruiting Thai labourers as they are deemed to be well-disciplined and skilled, he said, adding Thailand has proven to be efficient in combatting local transmissions.

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