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Airline executive arrested for failure to pay wages of 150 workers

Maya Taylor

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An airline executive has been arrested in the central province of Samut Songkhram, after complaints from150 employees that they had not been paid. Chawengsak Noiprasan, who had a court warrant issued against him in October, was taken to Don Muang police station from a property in the Bang Khan Take sub-district. He is a board member of Siam Air Transport.

The airline began operations in October 2014 with services out of Don Mueang to Hong Kong, using 2 Boeing 737-300s. 2 Boeing 737-800s were added to its fleet in late 2015. It expanded by adding Zhengzhou and Guangzhou in China to its network in early 2015. In late 2015, the airline launched flights to Macau and Singapore. In 2017, the airline ceased all operations.

But according to an article in the Bangkok Post, the carrier operates a number of scheduled and charter flights from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. The Post reports that, as Chawengsak signs the company’s legal paperwork, all legal matters concerning the airline fall to him.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau says the executive has admitted to ignoring a 30 day notice issued by the labour inspector and ordering the payment of wages to 150 workers. It’s understood he is also wanted in relation to 7 other cases.

The authorities sought Chawengsak’s arrest following complaints from employees who say they haven’t received their wages for 2 months. It’s understood the airline had previously deferred salary payments for over 8 months. 150 workers filed an official complaint with Don Mueang police and also approached media outlets, asking them to pressure the airline into paying the money owed.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:19 am

    So basically they had not been paid for 10 months? What I don’t understand is why does the company have those employees to begin with? Why were they not already laid off? Something about Thai labor law?

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Another day in Thailand and another rip off.
    However they have a nice pink aircraft that could be grabbed, but I suppose it is leased, and they might not be paying the lease either.

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    Slugger

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    So you dont really know but still feel the need to say it anyway? Typical.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    But you have no evidence that I am not right. Typical.

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    Mr cynic

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Many people in the aviation industry get caught like this.the company is doing badly and salaries are deferred.they end up in a catch 22 situation were if they quit they will definitely not get paid or if they continue flying things might improve.the crews are often drip fed a bit of money here and there to keep their hopes up.
    They also have the problem or their certification becomes very difficult and expensive to revalidate if they are not current.its not just the pilots.
    Normally the management just disapear leaving huge debt’s.
    “Will fly for food” is very common.everything is leased and nobody can be trusted is the real world of civil aviation worldwide.

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