On the occasion of the start of fiscal 2016, a JILAF delegation visited Bangkok from April 22 (Friday) to 27 (Wednesday) for the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which JILAF is implementing with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). Discussions took place on plans and specific activities in the coming year based on fiscal 2016 project policy.
In Thailand the project is being implemented in four districts (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, and Surat Thani) by the Central Promotion Committee, the policymaking body comprising representatives from the Thai government (Ministry of Labour), labour (Thai Council of the International Trade Union Confederation [ITUC-TC]), and management (Employers’ Confederation of Thailand [ECOT]), and four Regional Working Committees (the Central Working Committee, Northern Working Committee, Northeastern Working Committee, and Southern Working Committee).
During the JILAF visit, the first meeting of the Central Promotion Committee and first meeting of the Enlarged Working Committee for fiscal 2016 were held to look back on project achievements and issues in fiscal 2015 and confirm specific activities to develop the project in fiscal 2016. In the current fiscal year the project in Thailand will aim to improve and uplift the livelihoods of a total of 480 people by organizing activities for (1) community leaders of informal-sector workers and (2) informal-sector workers facing even more difficult conditions, such as the disabled, members of minority ethnic groups, slum dwellers, and HIV/AIDS-infected people.
In the Enlarged Working Committee meeting, attended by members of the four Regional Working Committees, the participants discussed and confirmed project policy for the current fiscal year and, toward specific project development, heard lectures from (1) the Thai Ministry of Labour’s Social Security Office giving an outline of social insurance schemes and details of Article 40 of the Thai Social Security Act for informal-sector workers and (2) the Northern Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Persons on the state of disabled persons in Thailand and the need for assistance.
|04/23||Sat||1st Central Promotion Committee meeting|
|04/24||Sun||1st Enlarged Working Committee meeting (day 1)|
|04/25||Mon||1st Enlarged Working Committee meeting (day 2)|