Foreign Worker and Human Trafficking Policy Committee Approves Temporary Urgent Measures for Shortage of Workers in Fishing
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense revealed the meeting of the Council of Ministers’ approval for temporary urgent measures to address the shortage of workers in fishing, to extend the duration for the issuance of seaman books and register migrant workers in fishing of the three nationalities.
On January 7, 2019, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, General Prawit Wongsuwan chaired the meeting of the Committee on Foreign Worker and Human Trafficking Policy 1/2019 with Labour Minister, H.E. Police General Adul Sangsingkeo along with the Ministry of Labour’s executives at the Prof. Nikom Chandravithu Conference Room, 5th floor, Ministry of Labour. He said that today marked the first meeting of 2019 for the committee to acknowledge the progress of operations to relieve the shortage of workers in the fisheries sector following the temporary urgent measures and to increase opportunities for foreign workers to enter the fishing industry. He added that to ensure the relevant actions are done appropriately with beneficial results, it is necessary to discuss with all sectors to create cooperation, both concerning securities, the economy and society, whereby the meeting jointly considered and shared opinions.
The meeting’s agenda included the acknowledgment of resolutions to shortages of fishing workers with temporary urgent measures and to consider the actions of relevant agencies under additional temporary urgent measures to resolve the shortage of workers in fishing. The meeting approved for the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to propose resolutions to the Cabinet for consideration under four issues:
1) Assignment for the Ministry of Interior with approval by the Council of Ministers, to announce its coverage of issues concerning foreigners legally entering the Kingdom as required by law on immigration by November 6, 2018, to work with employers in the sea fishing sector. It will also allow the Immigration Bureau to sign the seal and foreign workers to stay in the Kingdom, for those carrying a seaman book under the law on fisheries as requested by the time allowed in the Kingdom not exceeding the period specified in seaman book, and to enable the Immigration Bureau to issue a non-Immigrant visa code L-A for foreign workers who have received a seaman book by law;
2) Request the extension of duration issuance of seaman books for another 60 days, until March 31, 2019;
3) For the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by the Department of Consular Affairs to authorize the non-Immigrant visa code L-A for the Immigration Bureau to carry out, for foreign workers holding a passport, temporary passport document or document certifying individual status according to the announcement of the Ministry of Interior to work with employers in the sea fishing industry;
4) The budget for operations during the extended period of 60 days until March 31, 2019, to use the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. If the budget is insufficient, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives by the Department of Fisheries shall request for a budget to propose to the Fund Committee for the management of foreign workers.
General Prawit also ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives by the Department of Fisheries to report the results of the meeting to the Cabinet for consideration and approval, so that all government agencies acknowledge and implement the resolution of the meeting. He also assigned the Ministry of Labour to publicize information regarding legal employment continuously to create awareness and responsibility among the people. The work of foreigners and the shortage of workers in the fisheries sector is a matter that must be addressed, especially the shortage of workers in sea fishery which relevant to the issue of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Therefore, various actions must be taken with care and suitability in all dimensions for the overall benefit employers, companies and foreign workers.
Source: Ministry of Labour