The first vice president of the NLA, Surachai Liengboonlertchai accepted a petition from the Thai Small and Medium Enterprises Council led by its chairman, Chaiwat Hansomwong.
Chaiwat claimed that a large number of small and medium enterprises have been affected by the enactment of the Alien Work Management Act, B.E. 2560. He explained that the new law is causing labor shortages, driving up labor and production costs, lessening employers’ negotiation power, and unintentionally allowing state officers to take bribes and extort money from employers.
Chaiwat said business owners understand that the law is a step forward for Thailand in maintaining national security, protecting human rights, and strengthening international relations. However, Chaiwat is of the opinion that certain regulations should be relaxed in order to allow SMEs to continue their operations.
In reply, Surachai said the lawmakers will look into the suggestions and will discuss the issue with the cabinet, while thanking the council for coming forward.