of Thai Trade and Industry (ECONTHAI) has been established
under the Labour Relations Act 1975 and registered with the
Department of Labour Protection and Welfare on April 28, 1994. It held its first general meeting
on August 6, 1994 to elect the first Board of Members to administer the affairs of ECONTHAI and to
undertake various activities aimed at achieving the objectives of the organization.
|The primary objectives
of ECONTHAI are to foster and promote good relationship between employers and employees, by providing a mechanism for employers
and entrepreneurs in commerce and industry to participate in and support activities
related to labour relations as widely as possible to the extent that ECONTHAI is recognized
by both the public and private sector as leading employers’ organization.
|1. To advocate and promote
studies and education in good labour relations in conformity
with the provisions in the Labour Relations
|2. To recommend measures
and to counsel members regarding conditions of employment as well as employment practices
with a view to promoting good labour relations.
|3. To give advice, counsels
and suggestions to members in labour disputes, and to recommend measures to resolve disputes
in conformity with the laws and internationally accepted principles.
|4. To promote good understanding
and relationship among employers, among employers’ organizationsr and
employees’ organizations and among employers’ organizations both domestically and internationally.
|5. To promote researches,
surveys and analyses of management and labour relations, and to disseminate information and
data obtained therefrom among members with a view to encourage education and good labour
|6. To organize and implement
educational projects, training programs and seminars with the objective of promoting efficiency
of management and working capability of members as well as entrepreneurs in general.
|7. To screen and select
employers’ candidates representing ECONTHAI as participants
or advisors in meetings or joint
undertakings with other organizations, be it public, private
or international bodies, such as
the International Labour Organization.
|8. To collect and compile
data, statistics, trends and developments concerning business management and labour relations.
|9. To prepare data, information,
recommendations and employers’ positions and stands at various seminars and conferences
at both domestic and international levels.
|10. To seek, and to give,
cooperation, assistance and support to government as well as
other agencies working for the common
goal in promoting education and good labour relations.
|11. To render support
and assistance to efforts or programs to set up labour institutes, foundations, or any other organizations
of similar nature which will be beneficial to employers’organizations and the
society as a whole.
AND ACTIVITIES OFECONTHAI
|1. Promotion of Education
and Technical Knowledge
1.1 Arrange technical seminars,
in the form of short courses, covering major topics, such as
general administration, personnel administration, production
management, marketing management,
financial management, labour laws, and other related regulations
1.2 Organize training programs,
in the form of full and comprehensive courses, aimed at providing
members or trainees with a broad-range and in-depth knowledge
of the various subjects
offered, to enable them to apply such knowledge in actual practice.
1.3 Arrange training programs
in workplaces, with each training program designed to meet the
needs of the enterprise concerned.
1.4 To organize special programs
for members in order to give them opportunities to meet, get
to know one another, and to exchange views, opinions and experiences
labour relations or other issues.
1.5 Organize orientation programs
for foreign executives who just arrived in Thailand to
enable them to understand Thai culture, customs and practices,
and basic knowledge of
Thai labour laws in order to avoid mistakes that could lead
to conflicts and disputes.
1.6 To hold meetings on technical
matters related to labour relations and other issues while
providing venue for members to consider and discuss problems
of common concern,
and to seek appropriate measures to solve such problems.
2. Promotion of Good Labour Relations
2.1 ECONTHAI provides services
to assist, advise and counsel members in promoting good
labour relations practices aimed at fostering peace in workplace
and fair treatment of
each other. Such services include :
Provide lawyers for cases in Labour Court.
Act as representative or advisor in Labour Relations Commission
Act as advisor in bargaining negotiations with employees.
2.1.4 Give advice and recommendations regarding labour problems
and labour laws.
Act as advisor or representative in matter concerning the operation
the Ministry of Labour.
Help draft official documents related to personnel administration,
relations and labour laws.
2.2 Promote good labour
relations at the work-place level, and seek to protect rights
of employers regarding employment conditions, and to promote
between employers and employees by encouraging the establishment
by taking the following steps :
Encourage employers to set up employers’ associations or to
of employers’ associations or members of ECONTHAI in order to
to contact, bargain or make agreement with employees’ organizations on
Act as secretariat for employers’ associations which are members
to provide them with facilities and convenience in administering
affairs in conformity with the law.
2.3 To promote good labour
relations at the National level, ECONTHAI acts as a core organization
on behalf of employers in promoting good labour relations, by
taking the following
Nominate employers’ candidates to various tripartite committees,
such as :
Advisor Council on Labour Development
Labour Relations Commission
Committee for Promotion of Labour Relations
Social Security Council
Board of Appeals for Compensation Fund
Associate Judges of Labour Court
Committee for Solution of Employment Termination Problems
Other committees and sub-committees
2.4 Participate in meetings
and seminars, tripartite or otherwise organized by government
2.5 Participate in activities
beneficial to members
2.6 Promote labour relations
at the international level, either regionally orgionally or
nominating representatives to attending various meetings of
such organizations as International Labour Organization
or other United
Nations’ Specialized Agencies.
2.7 In order to achieve
the above objectives, ECONTHAI will take measures in connection with
data, information and researches, throughthe following major
Circulating letters to members
Preparation of Technical Papers
Preparation of Document and Report of Researches: and
Other related activities