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Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand has sought government-to-government (G2G) deals with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) to address the shortage of workers in the fishing industry. 

Waranon Pitiwan, Director-General of theThai Labour Ministry’s Department of Employment, said that a large number of migrant workers refused to register for work permits during the recent registration period. He said these labourers instead chose to relocate, and remain illegal workers, which ultimately creates demand for human resources. 

He revealed that Thailand’s Command Centre for Combating Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) will soon meet with the Marine Department, the Fisheries Department, the Labour Ministry and the Royal Thai Navy to seek solutions to this issue. 

He said that one of the initial remedies is to hold talks with CLMV nations to sign G2G deals on directly bringing labourers from those countries to work in the fisheries industry in Thailand. 

According to Waranon, intense workloads and the stress of being at sea for long periods of time are the main reasons hindering migrant labourers from working in the industry. Therefore, employers should consider offering attractive incentives to their employees, he noted. 

He urged migrant workers who don't have work permits to register their nationality with the authorized agencies, while underlining the government’s commitment to eliminating illegal work in the Kingdom within a year.-VNA