94 Thai workers in Uzbekistan happy to return home thanks to government assistance

94 Thai workers in Uzbekistan happy to return home thanks to government assistance

The Ministry of Labour, led by Permanent Secretary Suthi Sukosol, revealed that 94 Thai workers in Uzbekistan are feeling very glad to be back home in Thailand given that the government and the ministry coordinated and facilitated their travel to Bangkok amid the pandemic. Ninety-four workers will arrive on 13 August.

Permanent Secretary Suthi further explained that, “The progress of the initiative to return home Thai workers who posted a clip requesting help from the authorities involved coordinating efforts between relevant agencies in order to facilitate their return from Uzbekistan amid the COVID-19 pandemic. An agent sending workers to work in Uzbekistan notified the 94 Thai workers of their return to Thailand on 13 August. Seven others wish to continue working in the country. Thai workers will depart at 5:00 pm with Uzbekistan Airlines, flight HY 3609 and arrive in Bangkok at 01.15. Two buses will pick up the workers at the airport to facilitate the 14-day state quarantine in accordance with the procedure set by the Ministry of Public Health.”

Mr. Suthit continued that, “From checking the status of the Thai workers returning to their homeland, it was found that most are members of the job seekers’ fund to work abroad. Therefore, the Ministry of Labour has been assigned to provide employment in the areas where the 94 Thai workers live to facilitate payment of benefits from the fund. The employment contracts of some among the group will expire on 2, 9, 10, 15 August. The recruiting company has coordinated with the employer and the employer will continue to transfer the unpaid wages to the employees.”

A Thai worker said they were all delighted to be going home, saying, “I want to thank the Thai government and Ministry of Labour, and all related agencies who are helping us to travel back to Thailand safely.”

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