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09 September 2008 :: 15:09:29 pm 42619

Bangkok Port Fully Operational After Employees Return to Work

BANGKOK, Sept 9 - Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) director-general Sunida Skulratana announced that Bangkok port returned to full operational status with dockers and other workers, including union members who took leave to support the anti-government protest, all reporting for duty as the week began.
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The absence of stevedores and cargo equipment handlers last week caused serious problems for the Klong Toey port, but workers generally returned to work last Friday, and the port’s status was back to normal.

Speaking about the Import-Export Transport Association plan to sue PAT as the work stoppage caused losses of Bt300 million, Mrs. Sunida said she did not have details but that PAT’s legal affairs office is dealing with the matter and will negotiate with the private sector.

Meanwhile, State Railways of Thailand (SRT) governor Yutthana Sapcharoen said most trains are now serving passengers but in southern region, of 64 routes, 38 remain suspended.

Northeastern line trains didn’t stop service despite an earlier plan to resume the strike during the mobile cabinet meeting in Udon Thani on Tuesday.

Referring to a reported transport operators plan to sue the SRT after its workers’ abandoned their posts to join the strike caused significant economic loss as well as inconvenience to many local travellers, Mr. Yutthana said he hadn’t seen the complaint, but that the state railways would consider how to appropriately respond to the problem. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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