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Labour union angry over changes to Thai Airways staff contracts under rehab plan

Maya Taylor



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Union representatives are questioning changes made to the employment terms of Thai Airways staff as part of the national carrier’s debt-restructuring plan. The labour union claims the changes have removed or diluted several staff entitlements and welfare benefits, pointing the finger at acting president, Chansin Treenuchagron, who signed the orders.

The union is calling on the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare to review the changes to check if they align with a debt-restructuring plan submitted to the Central Bankruptcy Court. According to a Bangkok Post report, the union believes the signed orders may go against the terms of the rehab plan currently being reviewed by creditors. They include an order related to the company’s new organisational structure, as well as the screening of workers who will continue to be employed by the carrier during and after the rehab process.

Union representatives accuse the airline of changing the terms and conditions of employee contracts, meaning weaker welfare benefits. They are asking the DLPW to confirm if the changes comply with the 1940 Bankruptcy Act, the 1975 Labour Relations Act, and the 1998 Labour Protection Act. The union says that if the changes are found to violate the acts, Chansin should be ordered to cancel the orders and draw up new employment terms that comply with the airline’s rehab plan and with employment law.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Debt restructuring plan in Thai speak means, debt don’t pay plan.

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Thai Airways is so poor today that they fly around with their IFE shut down since they cant afford the licence fee, also they must pay everything in cash since their credit is worth zero, fuel, catering, cleaning etc at all airports domestic and international. Not a single baht has been payed in refunds for tickets bought before the pandemic to this date either. Scrap this misery once and for all. Thai has today a horrible world wide reputation.

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    Mr cynic

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    I’m amazed the remaining staff are bitching about money and that is what this is about.they are far from irreplaceable.the level or arrogance is astounding.

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Shut it down. State-run flag carriers are a thing of the past. Bureaucratic, inefficient, corrupt, inflexible, outdated business models. With exception of a very few, eg ME carriers, which are mostly run by expats along corporate lines. This will never be the case with TG.

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    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:45 am

    airline mechanics/maintenance personnel angry at their bankrupt employer? recipe for disaster

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    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Shut it down, let tickets buyers crying for home

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    “Thai Smile” great name. almost as good as “Amazing Thailand”

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