Myanmar, Thailand touch on employment issue

17:17, January 26, 2011      

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Delegations of Myanmar and Thailand have met in Pyin Oo Lwin in northern Myanmar, touching on issue of Myanmar workers being employed in Thailand, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.

At the 9th meeting between the two countries on employment of Myanmar workers in Thailand, Myanmar was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister U Maung Myint, while Thailand was headed by Minister of Labor Chalermchai Sri-On.

Fruitful discussions were claimed to have been made on matters related to nationality verification of Myanmar and Thailand, enjoying of equal rights with Thai workers in safe and happy working atmosphere without any mistreatment and unfairness, getting opportunity to have all Myanmar workers in Thailand registered and get temporary Myanmar passport and dispatching fresh Myanmar workers to Thailand.

Myanmar proposed dispatching fresh migrant workers to work legally in Thailand and a process of verification of Myanmar nationality has been underway to issue temporary passports to them.

There are three centers for issuing the passports on the Myanmar-Thai border, namely Kawthoung, Tachilek and Myawaddy.

According to earlier report, a total of over 90,000 temporary Myanmar passports had been issued to Myanmar migrant workers at the three centers up to May last year.

Myanmar and Thailand once met for the issue in the ancient city of Bagan in February 2010 during which Thailand said it will recruit about 15,000 Myanmar workers along its border with the country through negotiation of the two governments.

Under the agreement, Myanmar migrant workers are allowed to cross border and take up jobs in Thailand via three border towns with enjoyment of same rights that Thai workers have.

Moreover, a Myanmar Association for Employee Protection was formed in Thailand to help solve labor problems and give protection to Myanmar workers in that country, earlier report also said.

The association, headed by Myanmar ambassador to Thailand, is supported by diplomatic circle, traders and authority concerned.

According to earlier Thai statistics, there are 500,000 to 600, 000 Myanmar migrant workers staying in Thailand.

Source: Xinhua

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