Marine Worker Issue: Myanmar Marine Workers To Be Sent To Thai Fishing Industry Under MoU

12 September 2018

Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe on Tuesday held a meeting with Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation to discuss sending Myanmar marine workers to Thailand’s fishing industry under an MoU system.

The meeting focused on plans for sending Myanmar marine workers to Thailand as a pilot project with guarantee from Thailand to provide full protection, to open a one stop service centre in Kawthaung, and to supervise agencies according to the rules. Myanmar marine workers who are illegally working in Thailand or those with expired Certificate of Identity be legally sent to Thailand under the MoU system.

Union Minister, Labour, Immigration and Population, H.E. Thein Swe said “Currently, nearly 43,000 marine workers are needed in Thailand’s fishing industry - the government of Thailand made an offer to bring workers from Myanmar under an MoU system at the Myanmar – Thailand coordination meeting held in July this year.  I think we will be able to initiate the plan at the end of this month.”

According to the recent survey by Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, over 145,000 marine workers from Myanmar mostly from Taninthayi Region, Ayeyawaddy Region, Mon State and Rakhine State are working in Thailand’s fishing industry.

Chairman, Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation, Peter Nyunt Maung said “The plan to send Myanmar marine workers officially under an MoU system has been approved by the ministry and it’s the first time. Today, we made a report based on the data collected so far and gave suggestions. We are resolving the issue of overcharging the workers by agencies.”

Many other officials from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation also joined the meeting in Nay Pyi Taw.