Three Amendments to Thai Labor laws for ASEAN Community 2015


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June 27, 2011



Mr. Singhadet Chooamnaj, the Director of Office of International Cooperation, Office of the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Labour, revealed that his working group agreed to amend 3 important labour laws: Working of Alien Act B.E. 2551, Skill Development Promotion Act, and Labour Relations Act B.E. 2518. Because there are some certain provisions that limit the rights and freedoms of individuals. These restrictions can be an obstacle to the free movement of 7 professions-doctor, dentist, nurse, architect, engineer, explorer and accountant-among ASEAN members in year 2015.



The amendments, which are now in consideration of the Thailand Council of State, will be proposed by the Ministry of Labour to the new government to push forward to House of Representatives.

The Director stated that the standard of these 7 professions for each member country are quite different. Therefore, it should be one standard professional practice among ASEAN members to evaluate the ASEAN worker. The standardization will make Thai and foreign worker to be in the same standard.

Mr. Singhadet added that if the compensation in each country has no equal, workers would probably move into a high-salary level country. The meeting was presented to each professional association to study the population, including the proportion ratio between the population and the number of 7 professionals, in each ASEAN country in order to plan the ratio between into and out flow of the professionals to be in line with demand-supply of workers in each country.

He explained that the Thai workers, nowadays, in various professions such as doctors and nurses work abroad in pursuit of better working capital and shortages of workers in each country. Therefore, Thailand government had to prepare measures to cope with the coming outflows of migrant workers; for instance, increasing the wage levels, allowing doctors and nurse to open up the clinic, providing more channels for the workers to earn extra money.

Comparing with any other country, Mr. Singhadet said, Thailand is quite early preparing the measures; therefore, the meeting was noted that we should be reserved manners and monitor how other countries prepare.




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