The Department of Employment is to work with Finland and Sweden to set quotas for the number of Thai berry pickers permitted to enter both countries next year, to avoid an excess of workers competing with each other.
The department’s director-general Pravit Kiangphol said the initiative aims to prevent a repeat of the situation this year in which a group of about 50 Thai berry pickers working in Saarijarvi, eastern Finland, filed a criminal complaint against their employer.
The berry pickers accused the firm of luring them to work abroad without providing full information about the amount they would earn, which led them to borrow money they would be unable to pay back.
Mr Pravit said the department would like to know the exact numbers of required workers so it could help control the supply of staff, and prospective berry pickers would be able to weigh the cost of making a trip and their potential earnings before deciding whether or not to go.
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