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Overseas Thai workers urged to join fund to avail of compensation in emergencies

Aug 08. 2020
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By THE NATION

Thai workers seeking employment overseas have been urged to apply for membership of the Overseas Thai Workers Fund so that they can be appropriately compensated in case of an accident or emergency.

“It is revealed that some Thai workers have been injured and hospitalised due to the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon earlier this week. This is an example of why workers need to be a fund member,” said Suchart Pornchaiwisetkun, director-general of the Department of Employment.

“Fund members who are hospitalised overseas will be entitled to medical allowance up to a maximum of Bt30,000. In case they become disabled, they will receive an additional Bt15,000,or Bt30,000 in case of total disability," Suchart said.

“Workers affected by war, natural disaster or pandemic that are officially announced by the government of the respective country where they work, or become unemployed due to an incident, will also be entitled to Bt15,000 compensation,” he added.

Eligible applicants to the Overseas Thai Workers Fund must be those seeking overseas employment via registered employment agencies or via the Department of Employment directly.

“The application fee is in the range of Bt300-Bt500, depending on the country, and is completely voluntary,” added Suchart. “The fund will provide coverage even after the employment contract is over for up to five years, but only if the member is still living in that country.

“The department strongly recommends that Thai workers become members of the fund, which will greatly help in case of an accident or emergency " he said.

For more information, contact Ministry of Labour hotline at 1506 press 2.

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