Jirasuk Sugandhajati, Thailand's permanent secretary for labour, discussed the implementation of good labour practices (GLPs) in the Thai shrimp and seafood production sectors with Maurizio Bussi, director of ILO Decent Work Technical Support Teams for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific.
Good Labour Practices form an important labour standard covering overall employment so that there is no use of forced or child labour, no discrimination, safe working conditions, and welfare and rights are provided in compliance with labour protection, labour relations and anti-human trafficking laws.
Sumet Mahosot, the new director-general of the Department of Employment, said there were more concrete policies to protect alien workers to convince the United States and other countries that Thailand was seriously tackling labour problems.
The department will operate its hotline number 1694 to answer questions from alien workers in the Burmese, Cambodian and English languages. It will not deploy a Lao interpreter on the understanding that Thai and Lao people can communicate well.
The hotline operates from 6am to 9am and from 4pm to 8pm so that alien workers can contact it before and after work. Later the hotline will extend its daily service hours, Mr Sumet said.