THAILAND: Rubber firms face labour shortage

The rubber processing sector needs at least 40,000 additional workers, according to the expert, who declined to be named.

The labour shortage is due to greater work opportunities in other regions.

Up to 50 % of workers from the North and the Northeast who moved to the South to work as hired hands are now heading home.

Authorities are considering the possibility of recruiting Bangladeshi or Rohingya workers.

Source: Daily "Bangkok Post", Bangkok; 2 Jan 2014

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)