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Cabinet to mull easing migrant worker rules

Bangkok Post, Thailand, 20 October 2020 - The Ministry of Public Health will work with the Labour Ministry to increase the supply of free migrant workers to needy employers, says Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

Mr Anutin said he would raise the topic at Tuesday's cabinet meeting in order to reduce employers' obligation to bring in new migrant workers, especially those from Myanmar.

One specific issue Mr Anutin wants cabinet to discuss is the law that currently bans migrant workers from leaving the employer they were originally registered with and requiring them to switch to another one.

If that requirement is removed, employers who now have to wait for workers to be brought in and then must finance their 14-day quarantines will be able to simply hire migrant workers already in Thailand.

Some employers, especially those in the agricultural and fishery sectors, have been badly hit by the sharp drop of imported labour from Myanmar.

"Yet some migrant labourers in Thailand have had to return home because there is no work for them to do. The challenge is how to make these jobless migrant workers meet prospective new employers," the minister said on Monday.



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