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CCSA says tighter scrutiny needed for construction workers leaving sites

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The CCSA says a triad of forces (soldiers, police, thessakij inspectors) will work in tandem to make sure construction workers don’t leave their sites.

Gen Natthapon Nakpanich says the combined joint forces will keep an eye on construction sites and dormitories to ensure the workers and dwellers adhere to public health orders.

Nattapon adds that the increased scrutiny comes after officials realised workers were moving amidst the camps and spreading the virus. The triad’s hope is to curb the jump of infections in Bangkok.

He went on to say that workers’ movements need to be more stringently regulated. Thus, the need for security personnel.

However, some firms are confused about the necessity of maintaining that their workers stay in one location as construction workers tend to be mobile, going from site to site as jobs become available.

Nattapon says the CCSA does not plan to suspend construction, citing the financial consequences of such a move.

Officials say the latest Covid outbreak at a construction site resulted in 33 infections. The site was then closed for 2 weeks and put in a “bubble and seal area” where people were forbidden from entering or leaving sans permission. The workers were given food and water.

2 weeks ago, 515 people tested positive for Covid-19 at a construction site in Nonthaburi.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Jack Arthur

Jack is from the USA, has a B.A. in English, and writes on a variety of topics. He lives in Thailand.

5 Comments

  1. Yes let’s put them in prison like conditions… i mean even more so.

    I have a particular disgust for bourgeois liberal types who advocate for this stuff and pretend to be compassionate

  2. I have a more ethical idea. Hire thai people to do a thai job.

    Migrant labor schemes are flagrant human rights abuses designed to keep wages artificially low and hurt locals. Amazing to me that it’s been allowed to go on for so long on so many countries, and usually perpetrated by “liberal” people who pretend to be compassionate

  3. “… CCSA says a triad of forces (soldiers, police, thessakij inspectors) will work in tandem to make sure construction workers don’t leave their sites.”

    It may be worth pointing out, as the source and other media did, that these are ONLY construction sites that are temporarily quarantined.

    “I have a more ethical idea. Hire thai people to do a thai job.”

    Actually a more uninformed idea. Many on the construction sites ARE “Thai people”.

    “Migrant labor schemes are flagrant human rights abuses designed to keep wages artificially low and hurt locals”

    What absolute balls. While they may well “keep wages artificially low” they seldom “hurt locals” as the “locals”, whether in the UK, US, Middle East, Far East, or anywhere else including Thailand seldom want or are able to do the job in sufficient numbers and with sufficient skill.

    Unfortunately complaints about a system that’s flawed and can be abused but frequently works very well for all concerned are “usually perpetrated by “liberal” people who pretend to be compassionate” and informed but in reality are neither.

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