Labour networks will gather Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on March 3 to debate methods to avert the US suspension of preferential commerce privileges for Thailand underneath the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).
Talking at a seminar on the difficulty on Saturday, Chalee Loysoong, deputy chairman of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee, stated the suspension would have an effect on a minimum of 40,000 staff in a number of industries. Labour networks need the prime minister to barter with the US to revive the GSP eligibility as swiftly as attainable.
Last year on October 25, the US Trade Representative (USTR) introduced the suspension of $1.3 billion in commerce preferences for Thailand beneath the GSP, set to take impact on April 25.
Citing insufficient safety of internationally recognized labor rights, significantly within the seafood and delivery industries, the USTR stated the US would droop commerce preferences for 573 classes of Thai exports, which may face larger import tariffs of 4.5% in comparison with their present obligation-free standing.
Robert Pajkovski, director of the Solidarity Centre employee rights group, mentioned Thailand is ready to lose its GSP commerce privileges as a result of it has proven little progress in addressing violations of staff’s rights.
The GSP suspension is created to ratchet up stress on the government to resolve the issue, just like a red card or a yellow card given by the European Commission to nations that fail to handle unlawful, unreported, and unregulated fishing, he stated.
If Thailand desires to regain its GSP privilege, it has to show to the worldwide group that it’s dedicated to boosting employees’ rights, he stated. This may be accomplished by endorsing the International Labour Organisation Convention No.87, which recognizes employees’ freedom of affiliation, and Convention No.98, which ensures the best to collective bargaining, Mr. Pajkovski mentioned.