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Chon Buri governor urged to order hotels to close so staff can collect social security

Maya Taylor



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The Eastern Hotel Association is urging the governor of Chon Buri to order all hotels in the province to close, so that staff can be eligible for social security payments. Prien Sae Ku, president of the EHA, says that as the province is currently considered “high risk” and people from other provinces are unable to enter without just cause, hotels should be closed until the situation improves, as was done last year. He says the forced closure of Chon Buri’s hotels would make staff eligible for government benefits, pointing out that the neighbouring province of Chanthaburi has ordered hotels to close for this reason.

Employees affected by workplace closures due to Covid-19 are eligible to receive 50% of their daily salary from the government. However, The Pattaya News reports that there is currently no such assistance on offer to casual workers impacted by the resurgence of the virus.

Prien says the average hotel worker would receive approximately 7,500 baht a month if hotels were forced to shut their doors. Many have done so of their own accord, due to occupancy rates in Pattaya and Chon Buri being practically at zero as a result of the current restrictions on entry to the province. The EHA says its member hotels are very reluctant to let staff go and would prefer to be in a position to keep them on. Some are already helping workers by providing them with free rooms and food.

The deputy governor of Chon Buri, Naris Niramaiwong, has confirmed receipt of Prien’s proposal and says he will review it with the governor.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Well that’s it. They are determined to be poor.

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      Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      From your frequent derogatory and negative anti Thai posts, may I suggest you stop following the news and situation in Thailand? It really doesn’t have to concern you and obviously it consumes you with bitterness and resentment. Failing that, just stop posting because your opinions add absolutely nothing to any topic. We get it. You hate the Thai system and authorities, no need to add a comment on nearly every news article.

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        Toby Andrews

        Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 5:17 pm

        No Stuart it is my duty to. Some posters here are still of the opinion that Thais are wonderful.
        I merely wish to enlighten them to their naive delusions.
        And oppose Isaan John’s dedicated support of all Thai matters without reason or justification.

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          Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 8:55 am

          Damn Toby, you really are a ray of sunshine, aren’t you? Nobody asked you to enlighten them with your bigoted opinions. If you don’t like Thais, go back to your home country.

          Most Thais ARE wonderful people. Maybe you spend too much time in beer bars and soapy massage parlors. There’s a lot more to Thailand than that.

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            Mr cynic

            Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 9:27 am

            His opinions are as valid as yours mine or anybody else’s.nobody asked you or me to give our opinions either but they are here as is his.

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            Toby Andrews

            Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:00 am

            I know all about Thailand Mr S2k. I have live most of the last six years in Thailand.
            I should have learned a little about Thailand during that time, and what I have learned is what I write. I was first in Thailand in 1988.
            Thais are wonderful when you are spending money. Watch Thais with the Burmese or the Cambodians. See how wonderful Thais are with them.
            I am in Cambodia now. Really, they are better people than the Thais.

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            Issan John

            Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:40 pm

            S2k, Toby A left Thailand last year when his visa ran out, because according to him he’d had enough of the “corruption” and the “dictatorship” so he moved to Cambodia.

            There’s not really much you can say about that that needs saying.

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    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I guess you might be able to get by on 50% if you head back home. However you sure can’t do it if you stay in Chon Buri. I know many workers have had salaries, hours and days cut. Wonder if that is 50% of their current salary or their pre COVID salary?

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      It’s 50% of a pittance since hotel staff rely on tips, but anything is better than nothing.

      Remember, the state pension in Thailand is 500 baht – up to 700 baht at 70!

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        Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:35 pm

        Here he is. Remember the question you asked preesy on the last story ? I answered it for him but I noticed you failed to reply . For someone who is constantly following and commenting on every latest story I find it hard to believe you did not read my comment . Didn’t like what you read ?

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          Issan John

          Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:59 pm

          I’ve no idea what you said, or what you think was the “last story”. Sorry, but I didn’t take mind-reading at school.

          Maybe if you’d given the title of the article I’d have some idea what you’re talking about …

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            Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 7:25 pm

            Sorry I underestimated your powers maybe mind reading is not one of your ‘expert’ subjects. Lucky you excell in others. NO BAN ON UK ARRIVALS. That should narrow it down for you hopefully ?

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            Issan John

            Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:48 pm

            Sorry, Michael BKK, I gave you a very lengthy reply about the Great Barrington Declaration, which I’d commented on before, what the problems with it were, and the expertise of some of the signatories like Dr Johnny Bananas and Professor Cominick Dummings, but it seems to have disappeared and I can’t be bothered to write it again.

            Maybe another time …

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            Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 2:23 pm

            For some reason I couldn’t reply to your last comment so I will use this one ! Unfortunately the question you asked was name ‘one’ but there are over 13,000 medical and scientific ‘experts’ who have signed it which is the answer to your very simple and weak original question ! Now if you have read the declaration written by said ‘experts’ but you don’t agree with what is written then that is fine it is your opinion but in future think before you ask seriously dumb questions that you actually answered your own question in your last comment ! And now the fact you mention joke ha ha names exposes your limited knowledge and extremely weak argument.
            Now I have another patient to treat ….

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      J West

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 12:13 pm

      Business is not good. The small businesses are struggling. The few noodle vendors and coffee shops still open are fragile and some truly desperate. . Imagine if they all were to shutter? I’ve taken to paying more for everything I buy in the Talad. . If your soup is 60 baht leave a hundred “ Mai than tong” . Keep the change. Tip more, give charity. Let the Thais you see on a daily basis in your neighborhood that you support them. It’s a time of great need. As I already mentioned there are more people begging than ever….so give generously. Having said that I’m delighted to see the rip off taxis etc getting just karma, serves them right. But…..those people who sell you fruit today will likely remember to reserve the best for you in the future.

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    Mr cynic

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Does that include condhotels?
    Used to know several folks who lived full time in them paying monthly but lost touch a while ago.

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    Albert Zweistein

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:23 am

    Amusing how certain members are commenting and pi$$ing on each other, the only reason why I read thethaiger.

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