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29 August 2008 :: 11:08:59 am 42831

Nationwide Railway Services Halt as Labour Union Starts Strike

BANGKOK, Aug 29 - Thailand's nationwide railway services have ground to a halt as union workers appear to go out on strike in sympathy and to show support for the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD)-led protesters at Government House.
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State Railway of Thailand (SRT) railway union chief Pichet Suwanchatree at the critical railways junction in Songkhla Had Yai district said late Thursday that railway service in the South would be suspended indefinitely, starting from August 29. The move has been made in compliance with the SRT labour union’s resolution for the railway service suspension countrywide.

He said the resolution is part of the union’s movement to press the government to resign after leaders of members of the Confederation of State Enterprises Labour Union agreed to join with anti-government PAD coalition leaders in civil disobedience against the government.

SRT Nakhon Ratchisima union leader Sathorn Sinpru said more than 100 union members, including 40 railway engine drivers, have taken sick leave for at least two days, starting August 29. Railway union workers at other sites around the country have already submitted their sick leave notices.

The labour move forces at least a temporary halt to all trains into Bangkok, effective on Friday. Mr. Sathorn warned commuters not to board any train from Bangkok to the Northeast because they might be left stranded along the way. He said the railway workers’ strike is aimed to focus attention on their complaint that their welfare had never received attention from the government, as well as to show their support for the protesters in Bangkok, who have taken over Government House.

Secretary-General Sawit Kaewwan of the Confederation of State Enterprise Labour Unions, who has been appointed a second-generation leader of the PAD activist coalition, confirmed at the Makkawan Bridge rally site that the state railways labour union had announced a work stoppage, effective Friday. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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