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Thai berry-pickers from Sweden and Finland return home after salary windfall

Thai berry-pickers from Sweden and Finland have returned home after striking the jackpot during the prime picking season. The Thai labourers have reportedly earned almost 800 million baht in the last 3 months. Thailand’s Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin says the workers arrived back today and were happily not empty-handed.

“Today, 895 Thai labourers returned home via Suvarnabhumi Airport, 365 of them from Finland and 530 from Sweden. They had been working there since July during the berry-picking season. Since October 1, 3,270 Thai labourers have returned from these countries (689 from Finland and 2,581 from Sweden) where they got paid around 80,000 baht per month, or total earnings of almost 800 million baht.”

Suchart says sending such labourers overseas is one of the ministry’s missions after PM Prayut set out to promote the skills of Thais in international markets to assure the world of Thailand’s Covid-19 prevention efficiency. That mission saw almost 5,300 Thais landing in Sweden and Finland for work. After the berry-picking season ended, Thai labourers are trickling back into the country until October 23.

He says that those Thais returning home are being screened and transported to alternative state quarantine or organisation quarantine facilities for a mandatory 14 day stay.

SOURCE: The Nation Thailand

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  1. 800 million baht is what a company can ask that can automate the whole process.

    “Suchart says sending such labourers overseas is one of the ministry’s missions after PM Prayut set out to promote the skills of Thais in international markets to assure the world of Thailand’s Covid-19 prevention efficiency.”

  2. Well is there any chance of Swedish fruit pickers being allowed into Thailand.
    Of course not. The Thais want to be treated as needing special treatment because they are supposed from the third world and entitled, yet any foreigner tries to work in Thailand, even running his own business and they are arrested.
    What is this dictator tyrant talking about promoting the skills of Thais – they are picking fruit!!

    1. @Toby Andrews – Will those Swedish fruit pickers then be happy with the maximum of 300 THB a day, which you resently stated was more than enough for Thai people……Guess not.
      What I do guess, based on your many, many negative comments about Thailand, that you don’t even live or have ever visited Thailand 🙂

      1. Actually, Michael, Toby A lived in Pattaya for six years until last year when his visa ran out and he couldn’t renew it.

        Luckily he didn’t want to as he’d had enough of Thailand’s “corruption” and the “dictatorship” and people not being allowed to protest about a lack of “democracy” so as a mano of principle he left and went to Phnom Penh, Cambodia … where of course there’s no corruption, no dictatorship, and plenty of open democracy ….

    1. Quarantine for any Thais returning to Thailand is free in State Quarantine; any Thais wanting to upgrade that to ASQ or ALSQ pay the same as anyone else / farangs.

      It’s not just the “heavy work” in Thailand that’s “dine by Birmese/Cambodians” as some is and some’s done by Thais, but plenty of skilled and semi-skilled work as well covering everything from crewing fishing boats to glass blowing. Despite what’s said here about 6 million unemployed (which would be around 20% of the workforce 🙂 ) unemployment’s still relatively low and it would take people time to train up even to work in canning factories – even if they want to do the jobs given the T & Cs.

      Like anywhere else, it’s not just about the money or even the skill and even if unemployment’s high there are still plenty of jobs people don’t want to do. Take the UK where unemployment is 5% and growing, but the Army’s still 10% under strength even though it’s literally half the size it was 30 years ago, 10% – 15% (at least for a while) were recruited from the Commonwealth and 5% are from Nepal, and fitness and health standards have been dropped dramatically.

      In Hong Kong, despite no shortage of cheap Chinese labour, there’s a sizeable Nepalese workforce in the construction industry doing plumbing and wiring, and in Cambodia when I was first there twenty years ago all the “professional” girls free-lancing in Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh were Vietnamese.

    1. It sounds good, but bear in mind that although it’s 80,000 a month it’s only for three months every year and they’re not only not going to make a lot less than that for the rest of the year but they won’t be on an annual salary for the rest of the year so they won’t be getting any annual pay rises, or annual bonuses, or qualifying for any low interest loans.

      It’s a bit like the annual influx of East-Europeans picking fruit and veg in the UK.

  3. Are they talking before or after tax earnings? What will they say when they realize that half of their monthly payment €2200 actually is held back and goes to the Swedish/Finish tax and social security system?

  4. They are picking Blueberries, Cloud Berries and Lingonberries. from forests and northern swamp areas of Rinland.
    There are lot of different blueberries species this is Northern European one. In Finland berries are used by local food industries and sold
    directly to consumers. And no we dont have robots to pick up berries from forests and these berries are not planted either.
    Even someone invents robot 😉 that need permission from land owner to be used.
    In Finland anyone can go any forest to pick up berries without land owner permission.

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14 Comments

  1. 800 million baht is what a company can ask that can automate the whole process.

    “Suchart says sending such labourers overseas is one of the ministry’s missions after PM Prayut set out to promote the skills of Thais in international markets to assure the world of Thailand’s Covid-19 prevention efficiency.”

  2. Well is there any chance of Swedish fruit pickers being allowed into Thailand.
    Of course not. The Thais want to be treated as needing special treatment because they are supposed from the third world and entitled, yet any foreigner tries to work in Thailand, even running his own business and they are arrested.
    What is this dictator tyrant talking about promoting the skills of Thais – they are picking fruit!!

    1. @Toby Andrews – Will those Swedish fruit pickers then be happy with the maximum of 300 THB a day, which you resently stated was more than enough for Thai people……Guess not.
      What I do guess, based on your many, many negative comments about Thailand, that you don’t even live or have ever visited Thailand 🙂

      1. Actually, Michael, Toby A lived in Pattaya for six years until last year when his visa ran out and he couldn’t renew it.

        Luckily he didn’t want to as he’d had enough of Thailand’s “corruption” and the “dictatorship” and people not being allowed to protest about a lack of “democracy” so as a mano of principle he left and went to Phnom Penh, Cambodia … where of course there’s no corruption, no dictatorship, and plenty of open democracy ….

    1. Quarantine for any Thais returning to Thailand is free in State Quarantine; any Thais wanting to upgrade that to ASQ or ALSQ pay the same as anyone else / farangs.

      It’s not just the “heavy work” in Thailand that’s “dine by Birmese/Cambodians” as some is and some’s done by Thais, but plenty of skilled and semi-skilled work as well covering everything from crewing fishing boats to glass blowing. Despite what’s said here about 6 million unemployed (which would be around 20% of the workforce 🙂 ) unemployment’s still relatively low and it would take people time to train up even to work in canning factories – even if they want to do the jobs given the T & Cs.

      Like anywhere else, it’s not just about the money or even the skill and even if unemployment’s high there are still plenty of jobs people don’t want to do. Take the UK where unemployment is 5% and growing, but the Army’s still 10% under strength even though it’s literally half the size it was 30 years ago, 10% – 15% (at least for a while) were recruited from the Commonwealth and 5% are from Nepal, and fitness and health standards have been dropped dramatically.

      In Hong Kong, despite no shortage of cheap Chinese labour, there’s a sizeable Nepalese workforce in the construction industry doing plumbing and wiring, and in Cambodia when I was first there twenty years ago all the “professional” girls free-lancing in Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh were Vietnamese.

    1. It sounds good, but bear in mind that although it’s 80,000 a month it’s only for three months every year and they’re not only not going to make a lot less than that for the rest of the year but they won’t be on an annual salary for the rest of the year so they won’t be getting any annual pay rises, or annual bonuses, or qualifying for any low interest loans.

      It’s a bit like the annual influx of East-Europeans picking fruit and veg in the UK.

  3. Are they talking before or after tax earnings? What will they say when they realize that half of their monthly payment €2200 actually is held back and goes to the Swedish/Finish tax and social security system?

  4. They are picking Blueberries, Cloud Berries and Lingonberries. from forests and northern swamp areas of Rinland.
    There are lot of different blueberries species this is Northern European one. In Finland berries are used by local food industries and sold
    directly to consumers. And no we dont have robots to pick up berries from forests and these berries are not planted either.
    Even someone invents robot 😉 that need permission from land owner to be used.
    In Finland anyone can go any forest to pick up berries without land owner permission.

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