Thailand: 15 unions sign a petition for the ratification of ILO Conventions Nos. 87 and 98

Press release | Bangkok, Thailand | 01 September 2012

Bangkok, 1 September 2012(ACTRAV INFO) - Fifteen national trade union centres in Thailand have signed a petition to urge the Government to ratify the International Labour Organization’s Conventions Nos. 87 and 98, on the Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.

According to the petition, the Thai Government must take steps to ensure that ratification takes place before May 2013.

This petition was signed at the end of a conference held from 29 to 30 August 2012, in Bangkok organized by the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ILO ACTRAV) in cooperation with a network of 15 labour organizations.

A workplan was adopted by the unions to educate Thai workers and influence lawmakers in several provinces of the country on the need for ratification of the two Conventions in Thailand.


A workplan was adopted by the unions to educate Thai workers and influence lawmakers in several provinces of the country on the need for ratification of the two Conventions in Thailand.

About 125 trade unionists, representatives of workers, employers, the Parliament Standing Committee on Labour, the Ministry of Labour, the Royal Thai Police, and ILO experts participated in this conference.

The Bangkok conference is part of a regional campaign organized by ACTRAV for the ratification of ILO Conventions Nos. 87 and 98. Similar conferences have been held in India, Nepal, Malaysia and Vietnam.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Pong-Sul Ahn
Senior Specialist in Workers’ Activities
ILO Decent Work Team, Bangkok
Tel: +662 288 2247
E-mail: ahn[at]ilo.org