Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: With the Phuket labor shortage reaching critical levels, authorities are encouraging employers to hire more disabled workers and are advising large organizations that they are legally required to do so.

Officials from Phuket Provincial Office, Phuket Provincial Employment Office and the Human Development and Security Office held a recent meeting to inform employers about the subject at the Phuket Merlin Hotel earlier this week.

Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee said the meeting was to explain to employers about the law relating to the employment of the disabled, as well as highlighting the many advantages of employing them.

Mr Noppadol also discussed the duties of the Labor Ministry relating to The Persons with Disabilities' Quality of Life Promotion Act of 2007.

Particularly relevant are Article 33, on the proportion of disabled employees an employer must hire, and Article 35, which concerns providing access to disabled people and catering to their needs in businesses.

The Labor Ministry has a budget to promote awareness of and adherence to these laws. It will target 220 places of work in Phuket that employ more than 100 people and are consequently bound by terms of the 2007 Act.

The Phuket Provincial Employment Office itself has five disabled people among its employees.

Taking advantage of Phuket’s disabled workforce could help ease the island’s labor shortage, which Bhuritt Maswongsa, a vice president of the Phuket Tourist Association, recently called “critical”.

"The lack of hotel employees has now reached a crisis point with 3,000 to 4,000 unfilled positions,” he told the Gazette in a recent interview.
– NationChannel (Thai TV)

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Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee on one side wants to play the Good Samaritan by asking to help disabled Thai people, and the other side he does nothing to suppress Burmese and foreigners working illegally in Phuket. Come to Chalong dive centers and you will see only foreigners in the offices, without any Thais around, when the ratio for a work permit is 4 Thais for 1 work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower December 30, 2011 02:45:50PM

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Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee on one side wants to play the Good Samaritan by asking to help disabled Thai people, and the other side he does nothing to suppress Burmese and foreigners working illegally in Phuket. Come to Chalong dive centers and you will see only foreigners in the offices, without any Thais around, when the ratio for a work permit is 4 Thais for 1 work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower

Actually, you can have 1 foreigner with just 2 Thai people for a work permit.

Posted by Tbs December 30, 2011 06:46:25PM

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Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee on one side wants to play the Good Samaritan by asking to help disabled Thai people, and the other side he does nothing to suppress Burmese and foreigners working illegally in Phuket. Come to Chalong dive centers and you will see only foreigners in the offices, without any Thais around, when the ratio for a work permit is 4 Thais for 1 work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower

Actually, you can have 1 foreigner with just 2 Thai people for a work permit.

Posted by Tbs

True if the foreigner is legally married with a Thai, and then he can also benefit by needing 1 million baht in capital for each work permit instead of 2 million baht in capital for each work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower December 30, 2011 07:32:13PM

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Good to see the disabled workers monitoring CCTV cameras at Phuket City Police Station. Does this mean the police found a way to get them up to the fourth floor? Or did they install an elevator? Or did they – as suggested in your Nov 3, 2009 article – employ only those disabled persons who could walk up stairs with the aid of a walking stick?

Posted by Chas December 30, 2011 08:16:18PM

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Maybe the government should hire some disabled people instead of just family and friends. The government should lead by example.

Posted by Gord December 30, 2011 10:27:00PM

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Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee on one side wants to play the Good Samaritan by asking to help disabled Thai people, and the other side he does nothing to suppress Burmese and foreigners working illegally in Phuket. Come to Chalong dive centers and you will see only foreigners in the offices, without any Thais around, when the ratio for a work permit is 4 Thais for 1 work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower

If you so sure, why don't you take the immigration to their place? This story is about disabled people who will get decent jobs and for sure will be quite helpful for the country. And you, "Blower", just start off with another story – why? You don't need to use your Whistle every time. Come off it, man!

Posted by bosh December 31, 2011 10:47:58AM

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Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee on one side wants to play the Good Samaritan by asking to help disabled Thai people, and the other side he does nothing to suppress Burmese and foreigners working illegally in Phuket. Come to Chalong dive centers and you will see only foreigners in the offices, without any Thais around, when the ratio for a work permit is 4 Thais for 1 work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower

If you so sure, why don't you take the immigration to their place? This story is about disabled people who will get decent jobs and for sure will be quite helpful for the country. And you, "Blower", just start off with another story – why? You don't need to use your Whistle every time. Come off it, man!

Posted by bosh

Complaints have been filed with the Dhamrongtham Center (Ombudsman’s Office), the Phuket Governor's office, and the TAT by several tourism associations since many months ago without success. All doors closed without explanation, but I think we know why.

Posted by Whistle-Blower December 31, 2011 01:54:41PM

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Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee on one side wants to play the Good Samaritan by asking to help disabled Thai people, and the other side he does nothing to suppress Burmese and foreigners working illegally in Phuket. Come to Chalong dive centers and you will see only foreigners in the offices, without any Thais around, when the ratio for a work permit is 4 Thais for 1 work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower

If you so sure, why don't you take the immigration to their place? This story is about disabled people who will get decent jobs and for sure will be quite helpful for the country. And you, "Blower", just start off with another story – why? You don't need to use your Whistle every time. Come off it, man!

Posted by bosh

Complaints have been filed with the Dhamrongtham Center (Ombudsman’s Office), the Phuket Governor's office, and the TAT by several tourism associations since many months ago without success. All doors closed without explanation, but I think we know why.

Posted by Whistle-Blower December 31, 2011 01:54:41PM

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Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee on one side wants to play the Good Samaritan by asking to help disabled Thai people, and the other side he does nothing to suppress Burmese and foreigners working illegally in Phuket. Come to Chalong dive centers and you will see only foreigners in the offices, without any Thais around, when the ratio for a work permit is 4 Thais for 1 work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower

If you so sure, why don't you take the immigration to their place? This story is about disabled people who will get decent jobs and for sure will be quite helpful for the country. And you, "Blower", just start off with another story – why? You don't need to use your Whistle every time. Come off it, man!

Posted by bosh December 31, 2011 10:47:58AM

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Maybe the government should hire some disabled people instead of just family and friends. The government should lead by example.

Posted by Gord December 30, 2011 10:27:00PM

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Good to see the disabled workers monitoring CCTV cameras at Phuket City Police Station. Does this mean the police found a way to get them up to the fourth floor? Or did they install an elevator? Or did they – as suggested in your Nov 3, 2009 article – employ only those disabled persons who could walk up stairs with the aid of a walking stick?

Posted by Chas December 30, 2011 08:16:18PM

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0    0

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Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee on one side wants to play the Good Samaritan by asking to help disabled Thai people, and the other side he does nothing to suppress Burmese and foreigners working illegally in Phuket. Come to Chalong dive centers and you will see only foreigners in the offices, without any Thais around, when the ratio for a work permit is 4 Thais for 1 work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower

Actually, you can have 1 foreigner with just 2 Thai people for a work permit.

Posted by Tbs

True if the foreigner is legally married with a Thai, and then he can also benefit by needing 1 million baht in capital for each work permit instead of 2 million baht in capital for each work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower December 30, 2011 07:32:13PM

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Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee on one side wants to play the Good Samaritan by asking to help disabled Thai people, and the other side he does nothing to suppress Burmese and foreigners working illegally in Phuket. Come to Chalong dive centers and you will see only foreigners in the offices, without any Thais around, when the ratio for a work permit is 4 Thais for 1 work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower

Actually, you can have 1 foreigner with just 2 Thai people for a work permit.

Posted by Tbs December 30, 2011 06:46:25PM

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Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Noppadol Ployudee on one side wants to play the Good Samaritan by asking to help disabled Thai people, and the other side he does nothing to suppress Burmese and foreigners working illegally in Phuket. Come to Chalong dive centers and you will see only foreigners in the offices, without any Thais around, when the ratio for a work permit is 4 Thais for 1 work permit.

Posted by Whistle-Blower December 30, 2011 02:45:50PM

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