Migrant Workers Should Not Be Punished For The Fault Of The System

There are many foreign workers working in the country that are able to enjoy the lifestyle, work and avail of the health insurance in Thailand but there are also some issues about migrant workers. According to the Labor Ministry of Thailand and the military government, it is suitable that tougher law should be implemented in order to regulate the number of migrant workers thus the release of the draconian decree regarding migrant labor management.

The decree took effect on June 23 and is the reason why many migrant workers are forced to go back to their home country and many employers had to lay off dozens of their labourers. Majority of these migrant workers are from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Now the government is on the hot seat after Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister, said that he will exercise the Section 44 which will grant him the authority to as a leader of the military thus he will be able to order for the suspension of the decree for a period of 180 days.

The Labor Ministry and those with authority were not able to fully comprehend the effect of the decree but rather they have been blinded by their dislike against migrant workers.

The decree said that the employers will be fined between 400,000 and 800,000 baht if it is found that they hired undocumented migrant workers. While a fine of 400,000 baht will be imposed to those who hired legally but the nature of work is different from those stated on the permit.

The decree had a great impact on small businesses that some went bankrupt. If migrant workers are caught in violation of the decree, they will receive up to five years of jail time and a fine between 2,000 to 100,000 baht while 100,000 baht fine will be imposed to those working in a different job from the one they are registered to.

The decree also ordered that new licenses for employers will be worth 20,000, working permit for migrant workers is also 20,000 and filing for an extension will demand them to pay 20,000 as well. This is an exorbitant fee that everyone knows migrant workers will not be able to afford especially if they have to apply for a health insurance in Thailand to cover their medical bills while slaving away in the country.