Social Security

15 May 2020
During the Covid-19 pandemic, most sex workers have no income and no social security but are able to apply for the government aid scheme, says the Empower Foundation in a statement on Tuesday (12 May), which also called for the legalization of sex work and for sex workers to be able to join the social security scheme.
3 Oct 2018
Overall there are about 37,340,000 Thais of working age, divided into: 1) about 2,842,000 government officials, or 7.6% of the total workforce; 2) about 10,940,000 private company employees (29.3%); and 3) about 21,300,000 workers in the non-formal sector (57%), of whom only 3,900,000 or 18.3% are in the social security system.
22 Aug 2016
People with disabilities have urged Thai authorities not to reduce the health coverage they receive when employed. Dr. Yot Teerawattananon, Director of Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), on Saturday, 20 August 2016, expressed concerns about recent changes to the government’s health coverage scheme for people with disabilities. The reforms transfer people with disabilities from universal health coverage to a social security scheme when they successfully find employment.
11 Nov 2015
The Thai junta leader invoked Section 44 of the Interim Charter, which gives the military government nearly absolute power, to appoint a new Social Security Office committee amid concerns from labour groups. Wilaiwan Saetia, Vice President of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee, told Prachatai in an interview that she is concerned about the recent move of the military government to appoint new board members to the Social Security Committee and its subcommittees.
4 Sep 2015
A cautionary tale of an informal worker's life produced by an "indie" director and released by a commercial studio giant sheds light on freelance graphic designers' constant threat of joblessness and sickness due to their lack of a social security and health insurance.
2 Aug 2013
Since November 2010, the Social Security Office of Thailand has promised social security benefits to migrants holding temporary passports. This promise became policy under the Cabinet Resolution of January 15th 2013.  Migrants who persevered through all the steps and all the fees to regularize themselves believed that it would eventually be worth all the effort.  They were led to believe that the temporary passport would be their gateway to 300 baht a day wage, access to all seven benefits of social security and to the Workmen’s Compensation Fund. But they have been deceived.
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