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The thousands of migrants workers gathered to see and listen to the Myanmar opposition leader clearly liked what they heard.
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A migrant worker gets his once-in-a-lifetime chance to explain the problems he faces. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
Aung San Suu Kyi visits migrant workers
It was an exciting day for Myanmar migrant workers in the Samut Sakhon area.
A special visitor came to see them, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi herself.
Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to Myanmar migrant workers in the fishing town of Mahachai in Samut Sakhon yesterday. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
The thousands of workers gathered outside the Migrant Worker Rights Network offices in Mahachai clearly liked what they heard.
"I've come to Thailand to learn about your conditions and I will never forget your problems," Mrs Suu Kyi told the workers.
"I'll try to develop our country so that you can go back home and apply your skills and knowledge and make our nation prosper."
Many workers in the crowd were overcome by emotion. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
After her appearance at the balcony, Mrs Suu Kyi spoke inside the office with a group of migrant workers to hear the problems they faced working in Thailand.
After learning of their problems, Mrs Suu Kyi suggested they set up a centre to exchange information and lessons learned in order to improve their ability to protect their own basic rights.
She told the workers she will raise their issues with Thai authorities as well as at the International Labour Conference in Geneva next month.
An excited crowd in a cramped area gave security officials plenty of headaches. PHONGTHAI WATTANAVANITVUT
Myanmar's opposition National League for Democracy leader is scheduled today to meet Chalerm Yoobamrung, the deputy prime minister and chairman of the Committee on Foreign Workers Administration.
The two are expected to discuss the problems facing migrant workers.
As Myanmar opens its doors to democracy and Southeast Asia prepares to integrate into the Asean Economic Community in 2015, Thailand is worried that migrant workers will return home, leaving Thailand short of cheap labour.
Workers have complained about the high cost of national verification and registration and loopholes in heathcare, with half of all registered migrant workers without social security coverage.
Samut Sakhon governor Junlaphat Sangchan said the province has improved facilities to support migrants.
''Now we have 1,000 Myanmar-speaking health volunteers stationed at the tambon levels to help migrants communicate with officials,'' he said.
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Achara Ashayagachat. You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/KdIeEN
migrant worker – someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work คนงานต่างถิ่น
opposition – of a political party that is not part of the government ฝ่ายค้าน
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
right – something that you are morally or legally allowed to do or have สิทธิ
network – a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
conditions – the circumstances or situation in which people live, work or do things สภาพการ, เหตุการณ์, สถานการณ์
develop – to think of or produce a new idea, product, etc. and make it successful; to build new houses, factories, etc. on an area of land, especially land that was not being used effectively before พัฒนา
apply – to make use of something นำมาใช้
skill – the ability to do something well, usually as a result of experience and training ฝีมือ
prosper – to develop in a successful way; to be successful, especially in making money เจริญก้าวหน้า, เจริญรุ่งเรือง
overcome – to become very emotional, weak, ill, or unconscious ดิ้วเดี้ยว
emotion – strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general อารมณ์
appearance – an act of appearing in public การปรากฎตัว
balcony – a place where you can stand just outside an upper window. It sticks out from the wall of a building ระเบียง
suggest – to mention an idea or a plan for somebody else to think about เสนอ, เสนอแนะ
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
cramped – not having enough space or time คับแคบ
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
integrate – to combine things of different types in one effective system รวมเข้าด้วยกัน
short of – not having enough of something ขาดแคลน
labour – people whose job involves hard physical work that is not skilled, especially work that is done outdoors กรรมกร, ผู้ใช้แรงงาน
complain – to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
verification – the process of checking that something is true or accurate การพิสูจน์ความจริง, การตรวจสอบความเป็นจริง
registration – the process of recording names or information on an official list การขึ้นทะเบียน, การลงทะเบียน
loophole – a small mistake in an agreement or law which gives someone the chance to avoid having to do something ช่องโหว่ในกฎหมาย, จุดอ่อน, ข้อบกพร่อง
social security – money that the government pays regularly to people who are poor, unemployed, sick, etc สวัสดิการสังคม,ระบบการประกันสังคม
coverage – protection that an insurance company or government provides by promising to pay you money if a particular event happens ความคุ้มครอง
facilities – the buildings, equipment and services provided for a particular purpose อุปกรณ์, อุปกรณ์อำนวยความสะดวก, สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก
volunteer – someone who is not paid for the work that they do อาสาสมัคร
station – to cause to be in a particular place to do a job ตั้งฐานปฎิบัติการ,ตั้งประจำ