September 23, 2017

Rights for Workers

Efforts are being made to enable all migrant workers to enjoy labour rights within Thailand’s legal framework: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar Foreign Minister and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Suvannabhumi airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Reuters
Myanmar Foreign Minister and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Suvannabhumi airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Reuters

A massive crowd swelled under the rain in Mahachai, an area in Samut Sahkon, south-west of Bangkok. Only 500 migrant represetatives were given the oppurtunity to enter and hear State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech. Some were given the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding workers’ rights and proof of identification.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told the workers that the government is making efforts to enable migrant workers to enjoy legal rights that they deserve within Thailand’s legal framework.
“The government is working to enable workers to receive a Certificate of Identity,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, disclosing the government’s plan for issuing passports to migrant workers in Thailand. Also requesting that migrants to try to understand and respect the labour laws in Thailand.
Together with the State Counsellor, the Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe, the Union Minister for Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin and departmental officials left for Thailand yesterday morning.
During the first day visit, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar diplomats in Thailand to pay visits to factories where Myanmar migrant labourers are working in order to solve labour issues there.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi clarified that the high profile trip to Thailand is aimed at strengthening further understanding and friendship between Thailand and Myanmar.
“As the South-East Asian region comprises medium and small countries, the unity and understanding among them is very important to achieve equitable development in the region,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
During her stay in Thailand Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with the Thai Prime Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Thailand, students and faculty members from Universities in Thailand, including Myanmar teachers and students from Assumption University.—GNLM with Myanmar News Agency

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