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Landlords of migrant workers in Samut Sakhon province have been asked to report to authorities within 24 hours or face legal action as part of efforts to regulate rental properties.
Migrant workers on June 30, 2014show so-called non-Thai identification cards issued by the one-stop service centre opened at the Social Security Office branch in Samut Sakhon’s Muang district. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)
Samut Sakhon governor Arthit Boonyasopat on Sunday called a meeting with owners of houses and apartment rooms rented by migrant workers in Muang, Krathum Baen and Ban Phaeo district, to explain new requirements to register with officials. The districts are home to many migrant workers in the fisheries, agricultural and industrial sectors.
The move follows the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s demand that all foreign workers register with the authorities. The governor said there are 390,000 legal migrant workers working in the province, while the number of unregistered workers is estimated to be around 100,000.
Officials are regulating housing for migrant workers in response to the high number living in the province, Pol Lt Arthit said. The provincial Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) and defence office have been assigned to inspect the living quarters of migrants alongside local administrative bodies.
Owners of rental houses leased by foreign workers are required to notify officials about their tenants within 24 hours. Those who fail to so will face legal action, the governor said.
Col Jakkrawut Sinpoonphol, deputy chief of Samut Sakhon’s Isoc office and head of a migrant housing inspection team, said landlords must produce rental contracts for the check.
Home owners may become second defendants in legal cases if officials arrest their tenants for violating the law, Col Jakkrawut told landlords attending the meeting yesterday.
Kraipot Pookkanawanit, who rents out rooms in the area, said he would call a meeting with his tenants, both Thais and migrants, to tell them about the new requirements.
The landlord said he had never sought any documentation from his tenants, adding that he agreed to rent properties to people who did not look dangerous. He said he will cooperate with authorities by asking tenants for necessary documents.
A source said landlords who fail to report to authorities within 24 hours will face a fine of up to 800 baht per rented room. The fine will double if officials search rooms and find unregistered tenants. Those who rent to illegal migrant workers will face jail terms of up to five years and fines of up to 50,000 baht.
Factories with living quarters for migrant workers are also required to report to authorities, the source said.
Narong Maikhiew, head of Village Group 5 in tambon Suan Luang of Krathum Baen district, said migrant workers renting in his community were mostly registered, so would face no problems.
By: Penchan Charoensuthipan, Bangkok Post
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) announced late Friday night to open migrant labour registration centres in 15 more provinces, mostly in the South and the East, on July 22.
The one-stop service centres will open in Krabi, Chanthaburi, Chumphon, Trang, Trat, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Pattani, Phangnga, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Ranong, Satun and Samut Songkhram. They will operate from July 22 to Aug 21.
Earlier, such centres to issue temporary work permits to Lao, Cambodian and Myanmar workers were opened in Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Ayutthaya, Surat Thani, Songkhla and Bangkok.
By: Online Reporters, Bangkok Post
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday called on all undocumented Cambodians in Thailand to register for a legal work permit at one of that country’s newly opened one-stop service centres.
Thailand’s junta began piloting the latest temporary registration centres at the end of June and has since rolled out additional sites countrywide. At the centres, workers are required to undergo background screenings, health checks and purchase health insurance before applying for a permit.
Neth Serey, Cambodian consul general in Sa Kaeo, was unable to confirm how many Cambodians have so far registered, though NGOs have reported that thousands of migrants have been lining up daily at the busier sites. The Thai Development Research Centre estimated that prior to the recent exodus of more than 250,000 Cambodian migrants, around 900,000 undocumented foreign labourers worked in the country.
For returned migrants looking to get back to Thailand, the ministry’s statement yesterday said passport-issuing offices will be opened at four locations along the border in Poipet, O’Smach, Cham Yeam and Pailin, which are in addition to current offices in Phnom Penh and Battambang.
“We were informed by the Ministry of Labour that the new system will start tomorrow,” said An Bunhak, president of recruitment agency Top Manpower Co Ltd. “We’ll wait to see how the new system works and then inform our provincial offices to start calling the workers.”
Though the Kingdom’s recent, sudden influx of workers has yet to result in an increase in applicants at recruitment agencies, Banteay Meanchey Governor Korsum Saroeurt said many labourers are continuing to try to surreptitiously cross the border, only to find themselves quickly taken back.
According to Saroeurt, 10,723 Cambodians were repatriated from the end of June to last Thursday, and as many as 40 per cent of those migrants had recently crossed only to find themselves immediately caught and repatriated.
“Workers: do not waste your time and money; stop believing brokers. Thailand will not allow the migrants who cross illegally to stay anymore,” he said.
By: Sen David, The Phnom Penh Post
Envoys from three neighbouring countries yesterday expressed their appreciation for migrant labour regulation policies launched by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
The labour regulations were implemented alongside the establishment of one-stop service centres, which opened in seven more provinces yesterday.
Ambassadors from Laos, Myanmar and Cambodian joined military officers to inspect the new centre in Samut Prakan Province yesterday.
The ambassadors expressed their support of Thailand’s labour regulations, saying they would ease many problems and protect workers from human rights abuses.
Laos’ ambassador Ly Bounkham said the one-stop service centre is good for migrant workers as it would shorten the registration process and make it more transparent. “The labour management policy is good since it can prevent labour abuses of migrant workers and prevent other problems, including human trafficking,” he said.
The Cambodian ambassador Eat Sophea said she appreciated the setting up of a one-stop service centre and hoped it would help workers gain the labour benefits to which they are entitled.
“I want to express my appreciation of the NCPO’s decision to establish the one-stop service centre and I’m confident all undocumented workers will be registered with it. Under their new legal status, workers will have their rights protected,” Cambodian ambassador Eat said.
Myanmar’s ambassador, Win Maung, called on Myanmar workers to register at the centre to claim their benefits and complete the process of nationality verification, which would be conducted by Myanmar authorities after the workers’ registration.
“I would like to urge Myanmar workers in Thailand to take part in the registration process because it will help you receive the benefits you deserve,” Mr Win said.
The one-stop service inspection was led by the armed forces Chief of Joint staff, Sirichai Distakul, who confirmed the NCPO would offer a chance for employers and workers to contribute ideas to migrant labour regulations. He also warned those who have been taking advantage of migrant workers to stop doing so, or face punishment.
One of the Cambodian workers registered at the Samut Prakan centre expressed happiness at being able to work legally in Thailand after working in the construction sector for the last two years. The worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said registration would protect migrant workers and allow them to work without fear of abuse.
According to Sumut Prakan’s governor, there are around 50,000 migrant workers in the province, with 30,000 from Myanmar, 15,000 from Cambodia and 5,000 from Laos.
The other one-stop service centres were opened yesterday in Chon Buri, Rayong, Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao, Surat Thani and Songkhla. A pilot centre was opened last week in Samut Sakhon Province.
The fishing industry would be regulated by the Department of Special Investigation, which has backed urgent plans to tackle industry problems, especially payments for migrant workers.
By: Bangkok Post