Labor

Labor policy and administration

Thailand: Migrants Could Benefit from Moves to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions

Migrant workers in Thailand who could not return to their home countries because of the COVID-19 lockdown have lost jobs and suffered financial hardship during the pandemic, but could soon see their outlook improve as the country starts to reopen. Thailand has long been a regional ...

Nontarat Phaicharoen

Five million workers, 84.8% of companies affected by COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam: GSO

The General Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam said on Friday an estimated five million workers and nearly 85 percent of companies in the country were negatively affected by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the first quarter of 2020. Turbulence was observed in the Vietnamese labor market in Q1 2020 and ...

Local Workers on Lao-China Railway Say They Have Gone Without Pay For Months

Up to 30 Lao workers building a nearly completed railway project that will connect landlocked Laos with China say that they have not been paid in three to four months, because their Chinese employers left the area and went home early this year amid the ...

Reported by RFA’s Lao Service, Translated by Sidney Khotpanya. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin

7 million jobs at risk in post-Covid-19 Thailand

Shutdowns from the pandemic could trigger a tsunami of job losses in Thailand especially for employees who don’t have a regular salary, low-paid workers and people without a written contract. The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) says that as much as 7 ...

Olivier Languepin

Legal implications of COVID-19 disruption for employers in Thailand

As the COVID-19 situation escalates, governments worldwide are imposing travel restrictions, mandatory quarantine procedures, and curfews and lockdowns in an attempt to slow the transmission of the virus. The Thai government has announced many measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreaks, including ordering the postponement ...

Sasirusm Chunhakasikarn

Migrant workers’ unemployment may hinder disease control

As the Thai economy is heavily impacted by government attempts to control the COVID-19 outbreak, experts believe that the situation for migrant workers may contribute to the epidemic. Proper policies and employment support are needed to set things right. It has been 2 weeks since Rachen ...

Yiamyut Sutthichaya

Myanmar migrant workers in 2019 exceed 300,000

Over 305,000 people went overseas for work during 2019 according to the data from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. Monthly numbers of workers going abroad from January to November 2019 are 23,235 in January, 22,523 in February, 22,534 in March, 20,766 in April, 30,326 ...

Yu Wai

Academics urge govt to boost labour rights protection in response to GSP suspension

Academics say Thailand has not been adequately protecting workers’ rights – both Thai and foreign – and though there is some improvement, existing laws and regulations still limit their rights. Their comments came after the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced last week that President Donald Trump ...

Wichit Chaitrong

Wages set to increase for civil servants

The government will increase the minimum wage for civil servants, teachers, doctors, and armed forces in a move to improve their living conditions next year. Speaking in a cabinet meeting at the Peace Palace on Friday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that wages for both government ...

Khy Sovuthy

Changes to workplace relocation laws in Thailand

Under the old law, relocation to another existing work location of the employer, such as to another branch, would not fall within the scope of workplace relocation (Section 120 of the LPA), which requires employee consent, but would instead constitute a change in employment conditions. ...

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