November 13, 2013
In an aim to stop illegal labour, and help improve the country's reputation in the matter, eight Thai industry associations, involved in aquaculture and fisheries, have joined together in the signing of an agreement which was chaired by the Minister of Agriculture Yukol Limlamthong.
The eight associations included the National Fisheries Association of Thailand, the Overseas Fisheries Association, the Thai Fishmeal Producers Association, the Thai Feed Mill Association, the Thai Frozen Foods Association, the Thai Shrimp Association, the Thai Tuna Industry Association, and the Thai Food Processors' Association.
In a bid to help the country get out of the US's 'Tier 2 Watch List', all eight associations vowed to stop employing illegal migrant workers.
According to Limlamthong, Thailand is on the US's Tier 2 Watch List for human trafficking, and if it does not make changes now, it could be included in the Tier 3 Watch List; which will have a tremendous effect on the country's export. Thailand has been on the US's watch list now for the past four consecutive years.
Aside from stopping illegal labour, the eight associations would also work to support workers' quality of life as well as declare war against child labour, chairman of The Thai Chamber of Commerce, Isara Vongkusolkit, said.
Vongkusolkit also expressed his belief that, with all sides' concerted efforts, the problem of human trafficking will eventually be eliminated.