In an effort to safeguard the welfare of Thai employees stationed overseas, particularly in increasingly volatile locations such as Israel, the ministry is laying out an extensive support plan. Designed specifically to cater to the needs of the Thai workforce, the plan also offers beneficial relief to Thai families back home.
Strategically devised support structures involve four imperative measures:
- The ministry is prepared to distribute financial assistance amounting to 15,000 baht to each eligible worker upon their arrival in Thailand. This fund is specifically established for aiding workers employed overseas, giving them a significant boost upon repatriation.
- Furthermore, the Labour Ministry is committed to facilitating the return of Thai workers back to Israel once the ongoing war dissipates. The option for return will be completely voluntary, catering to personal comfort and readiness in taking on the next stint. Workers who choose not to return to Israel can contact the ministry to explore diverse employment avenues in other countries or seek job opportunities in Thailand through the Department of Employment.
- The workforce will also have access to provincial skill development centres scattered across the length and breadth of the country. This initiative aims to provide Thai laborers with skill training, empowering them to earn a sustainable living while simultaneously taking care of their families.
- Additionally, the minister counselor for labour affairs at the Royal Thai Embassy in Tel Aviv, Kittana Srisuriya, is deep in negotiations with Israeli employers to ensure that Thai workers receive their remaining wages. This is an essential factor in preserving the financial stability of the workforce during these trying times.
In the words of Phairoj, the Labour Ministry stands firm on protecting the interests of Thai workers in Israel while ensuring the reception of due benefits and legal protection upon their return home. He emphasized, this is more than a duty; it is a testament of the Thai government’s commitment to the reinforcement of its workforce, both domestically and internationally. Guided by principles of transparency, compassion, and equality, the Ministry remains steadfast in embracing the challenges accompanying a dynamic global labor market.