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Director-General of the Employment Department Sumet Mahosot said at a press conference which was co-chaired by Amnon Ben Ami, Director-General of Population Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) of Israel that Israel would send medical experts to Thailand to figure out causes of sudden unexpected death syndrome which have killed 66 Thai workers during the past four years.
The press conference came at the end of the visit to Thailand of Mr. Amnon Ben-Ami and his delegation to boost the Thai-Israeli cooperation in labour in 2015.
Mr. Sumet said the discussion focused on four issues, one of which was the sudden unexpected death syndrome of Thai workers. In 2015 alone, ten Thai workers died from the syndrome, prompting Israel to send medical experts to discuss with Thai Public Health Ministry about effective prevention from the syndrome. The Israeli delegates agreed that Thai workers should have their cardiography checked before departure to Israel.
Drug use among Thai workers was another issue. Israel will cooperate with the Office of the Narcotics Control Board of Thailand to strengthen prevention of drug use among Thai workers. Both sides agreed that workers must pass health check and drug test before their departure. Any who use drug while working in Israel must be sent back to Thailand immediately.
The third issue involved tax payment of foreign workers in Israel. He said Thai workers were likely to get exemption of tax payment. However, this will be confirmed by Israeli authorities soon.
The last issue was benefits for workers. Both countries agreed to set up a joint committee working in Israel to further discuss the matter. The Thai Embassy and the Office of Labour Affairs in Tel Aviv will be Thai representatives in the committee.
Regarding the three workers who have died in accidents in Israel, PIBA would give their families compensation and benefits based on Israeli Social Insurance.
Amnon Ben-Ami said that all agreements done in the meeting will be pushed forward including the effort to tackle delay of payment. He said Israel has fined employers of Thai workers for over ninety million baht for the delay of payment.