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Government confirms social security net for workers laid off due to virus restrictions

Maya Taylor



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The Thai government has confirmed it will compensate employees forced out of work by Covid-19 restrictions, by paying 50% of their salary for up to 90 days. The country has found itself in the grip of a sudden resurgence in cases, with many provinces under strict restrictions in an attempt to control the spread. Read the latest on closures HERE.

The country’s Social Security Office says people who find themselves out of work as a result of disease prevention measures, restrictions and closure orders will be eligible to receive 50% of their daily salary for a period of up to 90 days. The government’s Covid-19 task force has also confirmed that foreign nationals with a work permit or otherwise covered by the country’s social security program, including migrant workers, are also entitled to the payments.

Thossaphol Kritwongwiman from the Social Security Office says employees are eligible for the subsidy if they find themselves having to self-isolate as part of the government’s contact-tracing process, or if operations at their place of work are suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. Employees can apply online or get more information at their local social security office.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Issan John

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    A welcome move, albeit a very limited one.

    Those working in a bar or restaurant, for example, that’s closed due to direct Covid restrictions will be eligible but those working in a hotel that’s closed because the owner doesn’t want to pay their meagre salary while he isn’t making a profit won’t be.

    Owners and employers have a responsibility to their staff, and one thing the Covid crisis has done is expose those who are slimeballs and don’t care who knows it and those who care about their employees and take some responsibility for them.

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Looks like ubi is here globally. The stimulus bill in ussa gets passed and a day later this is announced here in Thailand, including the lockdowns… as was leaked in memo months ago on the conspiracy sites.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    John I am surprised. Before Thais could do no wrong!

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      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 7:23 am

      John’s an absolute idiot. There’s nothing worse than a low IQ buffoon who takes himself far too seriously.

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    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 7:33 am

    A hotel that isnt getting customers in, whether restricted to close by the government or not, simply isnt making money to be able to keep paying their staff for months on end. So where do they get money from to keep paying staff while they either remain open without getting customers in or close? From a bank loan, savings, sell the family home, sell land? A global pandemic where governments have chosen to close borders and impose so many restrictions, ultimately the government is responsible for paying the wages of everyone who is affected.

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