SGRA Project in Thailand (July)

A JILAF delegation visited Thailand from July 24 to August 4, 2013, for the SGRA (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network) project, going to Bangkok and Chiang Mai, where the project is being implemented, and Khon Kaen with a view to expanding the project there in the future.

In Bangkok, the first meeting of the Central Working Committee was convened to follow up the contents of the Enlarged Working Committee (EWC) Seminar and confirm the progress of activities since April.

The second EWC Seminar was held in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, attended by 23 EWC members in the former and 11 in the latter. With the aim of raising and improving the living conditions of informal-sector workers (network members), the participants studied know-how to enable bridging to existing vocational training programs operated by the government, employers’ organizations, and others.

Lectures on the framework of vocational training programs offered by the Thai Ministry of Labour’s Department of Skill Development, employers’ organizations, and others and bridging know-how were given in Bangkok by Mr. Sandot, head of the Curriculum Division in the Ministry of Labour’s Department of Skill Development, and Mr. Ukrish, executive director of the Employers’ Confederation of Thailand (ECOT), and in Chiang Mai by Mr. Arjin, head of the Welfare Department of the Chiang Mai Branch of the Ministry of Labour’s Department of Skill Development.

After the lectures the participants compiled and generalized action plans for network members to enable bridging to existing vocational training programs operated by the government, employers’ organizations, and others. The action plans were as follows: (1) strengthened childcare training for domestic workers; (2) training in making soap and shampoo; (3) training in making sushi; (4) training in making artificial flowers; and (5) training in making confectionery, sushi, and herb juice.

In addition, with a view to expanding the SGRA project from the next fiscal year, JILAF visited Khon Kaen, Thailand’s third-largest city in the northeastern part of the country, holding discussions with people at Khon Kaen University, the northeastern branch of the State Enterprise Workers Relations Confederation (SERC), nongovernmental organizations, and others to gauge the present situation in that region, including the state of informal-sector labour there and economic disparities caused by globalization.

Schedule

DateContents
07/27Sat1st Central Working Committee Meeting
07/28Sun2nd EWC Seminar (Bangkok)
07/29Mon2nd EWC Seminar (Chiang Mai)
07/30TueVisit to groups in Khon Kaen
07/31WedVisit to groups in Khon Kaen

Photos of Participants

Activity report by an EWC member

EWC Seminar in Chiang Mai

Discussions in Khon Kaen