Thailand grants unemployment benefits to migrant workers affected by COVID-19

Thailand’s Ministry of Labour on Thursday announced that migrant workers affected by the impact of COVID-19 outbreak can claim unemployment benefits from the Social Security Office (SSO).

“If their employers shut their businesses temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the migrant workers will receive 62 per cent of their daily wage for up to 90 days,” said Pitsamai Nithipaiboon, SSO’s inspector-general.

According to the Ministry of Labour, there are currently 2.7 million migrant workers in Thailand.

Recently, the Thai Immigration Bureau had detained 115 illegal migrant workers from several countries and 42 of them had tested positive for COVID-19.

In a bid to prevent the spread of the virus, the Labour Ministry had ordered all provinces to launch public relations campaign among migrant workers and to educate employers and workers about health guidelines.

In Thailand’s Central Province of Ayutthaya, pamphlets published in four languages were distributed to migrant workers, informing them of the gravity and consequences of COVID-19 infections.

The pamphlets also provided advices on how to practice safe hygiene and keep social distancing.

Across the country, face masks and hand sanitisers were distributed to laborers and random tests for COVID-19 were conducted on workers at many construction sites.

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