Policy Dialogue on Informal Workers

May 4, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand

Meeting participants in Bangkok, Thailand

On May 4, 2017, WIEGO, HomeNet Thailand, and the Bangkok Federation of Informal Workers (composed of member-based organizations of home-based workers, domestic workers, motorcycle taxi drivers and street vendors) convened a Policy Dialogue on Informal Workers with representatives from several government ministries. At the meeting, WIEGO and HomeNet Thailand presented findings and recommendations from their participatory study with home-based workers, domestic workers, motorcycle taxi drivers, and street vendors. They received feedback from participants who proposed potential next steps for future collective action.
Key themes and issues discussed included:

  • Harassment of motorcycle taxi drivers under the city’s “Return the Pavement” campaign, which is forcing MTDs to pay more for parking
  • Housing registration for motorcycle taxi drivers and health care registration for domestic workers 
  • Consensus on the need for a database on informal workers
  • Policy clarifications regarding Workman’s Compensation under Article 40 Social Security and National Housing Authority, certification of income for housing loans
  • Participation by informal workers at district level, through occupational groups and monthly committee meetings