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CPF ramps up worker education in second year of training programme

Jun 27. 2019
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By THE NATION

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The Labour Rights Promotion Network (LPN) and Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) have kicked off the second year of their joint effort to educate CPF’s workers nationwide on labour law and rights, promoting workers’ access to basic rights and improvements to their quality of life.

Sompong Srakaew, director of LPN, said that the two organisations together aim to promote a fair and equitable life for workers through training on human rights, Thai labour law, along with health and occupational safety to ensure their access to labour rights and social welfare. This year, migrant workers were encouraged to exchange their views on work and life and to voice their expectations and proposed solutions to their problems, said Sompong.

“In the second year, the collaboration emphasises the sharing of information on workers’ and their families’ quality of life, so that CPF knows precisely how to deal with labour issues. This will facilitate CPF’s labour management and the recruitment process will be reviewed to ensure compliance with Thai law and international standards,” he added.

In addition to training workers at all CPF plants, the Labour Voices Hotline by LPN will enable workers of all nationalities can express their opinion and make recommendations, file complaints or seek help. The foundation has also initiated a review on the selection and recruitment process from the countries of origin to ensure the transparency and traceability of CPF’s migrant worker recruitment process. In the meantime, CPF will be able to handle issues that put pressure on workers and force them to carry excessive debts.

Parisothat Punnabhum, CP Foods’ senior executive vice president for human resources, said training and information exchange sessions had so far been held at three plants.

This year, 20 training classes are planned for workers at all plants, along with a review of the process of recruiting migrant workers. As more than 1,000 workers gaining knowledge and access to labour rights, CPF will obtain sufficient information for the improvement of their quality of life to ensure their happiness and work stability. The programme is intended to also narrow social gaps and promote mutual growth in support of the company’s goal of sustainable social and economic development.

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