Would-be berry pickers are advised to find out about actual working conditions and wages instead of relying on the words of mouth or false promises made by Thai job placement agents.
Job placement agents usually charge exortibant fees, up to THB100,000 per head, for the opportunity to work as wild berry pickers in Sweden.
The workers are then sent to work under contract for Swedish companies. The majority of Thai berry pickers from poverty-stricken areas in the Northeast. Many had to borrow money to pay the agents in the hope that they would be able to earn a lot more to cover the expenses.
But most Thai wild berry pickers do not realize the harsh working/living conditions, including typical working day that starts around 3 am and can drag on until late at night.
In the second time in less than a decade, the Thai military today staged a coup and seized full control of the country. The army suspended the constitution and imposed a curfew across Thailand. This move comes two days after the military declared martial law on Tuesday.
The head of the army, General Prayuth Chan-Ocha announced the coup on national television, saying that it was “necessary to seize power,” adding that the military would restore stability and bring necessary reforms to Thailand.