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29 October 2008 :: 19:10:33 pm 40695

Labour Ministry Lays out Measures to Help Laid-Off Workers

BANGKOK, Oct 29- In an attempt to cushion the impact of the global recession which could spread to Thailand in 2009, the Thai Labour Ministry has mapped out measures to assist employees who are to be laid off from their jobs.
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Somchai Chumrat, Permanent Secretary for Labour, said it is projected that about one million people would be left unemployed next year.

A total of 14,059 employees were laid off by 122 employers from the beginning of 2008, from January1 through October 22, Mr. Somchai said, and the ministry understands that another 15,630 workers at 36 working places would be left jobless soon.

Most of the employees who were terminated from their jobs were in the fields of furniture and decorative product manufacturing, he said.

Measures to help people who become jobless have been laid out, according to Social Security Office (SSO) secretary-general Pan Wannapinit, who said the SSO has set aside Bt35 billion to pay social security insuranced holders who have become jobless.

Also, in a bid to reduce burden on both employers and employees, the Social Security Office will reduce social security fund contributions from both parties 1.5 per cent from the current 5 per cent and the government

contribution by 0.5 per cent, said Mr. Pan.

Mr. Pan said his office would offer a reprieve to about 28,000 employers who failed to pay their contributions amounting Bt2.5 billion on the social security for their workers. He indicated that they would be able to pay in

installments within two years, and that fines would be reduced as well.

It is expected that the measures would inject money into the economic system by as much as Bt27 billion and reduce employment termination by at least 60,000 people, said Mr. Pan.

These measures are now being drafted by the ministry and it is hoped that they could be implemented early next year, he added. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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