Report: Thai Labor Laws Must Include Migrant Workers

Migrant workers around the world have few, if any rights on the job. In Thailand, where migrant workers are not covered by the nation’s labor laws, a new report argues that by including migrant workers in Thai labor laws and allowing them the freedom to form unions and collectively bargain, the country would be in line with international standards and still be able to compete in the global labor market.

“Migrant workers have dignity as human beings and are willing to cooperate with their Thai counterparts and employers to develop domestic industries,” the report asserts. “An effort to address problems in the employment system must base itself on respect of the legal right to form a labor organization.”

The report, written in Thai and English, looks in detail at labor laws in Taiwan and the Philippines and finds that by allowing migrant workers to form unions, neither country has compromised its national security or economic stability.

Produced by the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) with support from the Solidarity Center, the report calls on the Thai government to ratify International Labor Organization Convention 87 on the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize and Convention 98, on the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining.

“A Complete Report on Possible Models of How Migrant Workers Can Exercise Their Right to Form a Labor Union and to Become a Member of a Labor Union’s Board of Directors” can be downloaded here.