ILO launches 'stay safe' guidebook for domestic workers in Thailand at the FCCT, 10.30 am., Thursday 28 January 2010

All Bangkok-based media – foreign and Thai nationals – are cordially invited to attend this bilingual event, with simultaneous English-Thai translation, at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand.

Press release | 25 January 2010

Hundreds of thousands of women in Thailand work in the homes of others, yet they are covered by very few labour laws and receive little social protection. Many men also work in domestic situations.

Thai nationals and foreign migrants within the Kingdom work as maids, child-minders, elderly care givers, drivers, live-in gardeners and handymen. While their work is extremely important to society and the families for which they work, it is often undervalued. Many suffer outright abuses.

The Royal Thai Government is presently working to extend its system of social protection to domestic workers.

In the meantime, the ILO – working with its constituents in the Thai Trade Union movement and civil society organizations – has produced a guidebook for domestic workers in Thailand to raise their awareness about their rights and offers ways to improve their workplace environment and relations with their employers.

Published in seven languages, the guidebook, "Domestic Work – Decent Work: A 'smart guide' for domestic workers in Thailand" will be launched at the FCCT at 10.30 am, Thursday 28 January 2010.

Speakers will include the ILO's Regional Migration Specialist, Ms Thetis Mangahas, along with anticipated representatives of Government, worker organizations, NGOs and domestic workers.

All Bangkok-based media – foreign and Thai nationals – are cordially invited to attend. This bilingual event, with simultaneous English-Thai translation, will take place at:

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand
Penthouse, Maneeya Center Building
518/5 Ploenchit Road (connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Refreshments served.

For further information, contact:

Mr. Allan Dow (English)
Communications and Advocacy Officer
ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Tel: 02 288 2057
dow@ilo.org

Ms. Krisdaporn Singhaseni (Thai and English)
Information Officer
ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Tel: 02 288 1664
krisdaporn@ilo.org