Extension granted to migrant workforce

Mr Poj says the cabinet’s approval to extend the contracts of migrant workers is expected to reduce labour shortages. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

Concern over a domestic labour shortage has eased after the cabinet on Tuesday approved an extension to employment contracts that allow more than 200,000 migrant workers to keep their jobs.

Poj Aramwattananont, vice-chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and president of the Labour and Skill Development Committee, said the cabinet’s decision addresses management issues related to foreign workers and alleviates the worker shortage, particularly in industries that require intensive labour or include dangerous, dirty or difficult jobs.

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