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Labour Ministry inundated with employers and illegal workers 

Aug 08. 2017
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By Kunlaphun Siripimamporn
The Nation

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Hundreds of employers and their illegal migrant workers descended on the Labour Ministry on Tuesday morning in response to measures to alleviate the impact of new and stricter foreign labour law. 

Employers with more than 10 workers had to present documents such as pay records, contracts and employment conditions ahead of interviews.

But employers with less than 10 workers do not require such documents and will be screened via an interview only.

Officials aim to interview 500 applicants a day at the Din Daeng complex.

The process follows more than 600,000 illegal migrant workers from Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia being registered at 100 temporary Labour Ministry centres across the country from July 24 to Monday.

The centres were set up to ease the impact of the royal decree on Managing the Work of Aliens 2017, which was issued on June 23 and allows for heavy fines to be issued.

The scale of the fines is currently being review.

Waranon Pitiwan, director-general of the Labour Ministry’s Department of Employment, said the next step of the process involves officials interviewing applicants within 30 days and issuing identification documents for labourers. 

Pitiwan said employers must then submit the documents for further processing at one-stop service centres being set up in Thailand by the workers’ countries of origin. 

Myanmar has centres in Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Chiang Rai, Tak and Ranong provinces and will open more centres in Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan and Songkhla provinces. 

Cambodia’s centres are in Rayong, Songkhla and Bangkok. 

Lao migrants must contact their country’s embassy in Bangkok.

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