Thai car plant sparks uproar with mass layoff of subcontractors

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A major Thai car manufacturer in Laem Chabang Industrial Estate in Sri Racha, Chon Buri, has abruptly laid off all its subcontracted employees, leaving many workers devastated and prompting an outpouring of support online.

The news emerged after a Facebook user shared the story in the group A1หางาน อีสเทิร์นฯ เหมราช ปลวกแดง บ่อวิน อมตะซิตี้ V.2 (A1 Job Hunting Eastern Hemaraj Pluak Daeng Bowin Amata City V.2).

“June 22 will be the last working day at Motors in Laem Chabang Industrial Estate. The company has announced the immediate dismissal of all subcontracted employees. Let’s show support for all affected workers. Stay strong, everyone.”

The announcement triggered a wave of comments and reactions from netizens, expressing their sympathy and support for the laid-off employees.

“I’ve heard it’s not just Laem Chabang; they’re laying off in Siam as well. They just hired new people after New Year, and now they’re letting them go.”

The news of the sudden layoffs has stirred significant concern, especially considering the company had only recently hired additional staff following the new year. Many are questioning the timing and reasoning behind such a drastic decision, as the company had appeared to be expanding its workforce not long ago.

In response to the viral post, numerous individuals have come forward to offer words of encouragement and solidarity.

“Stay strong, everyone. Better opportunities will come your way.”

“It’s a tough time, but don’t lose hope. We’re all rooting for you.”

The company has yet to release an official statement or explanation regarding the mass layoffs, leaving many to speculate about the underlying reasons. Some believe it could be related to broader economic challenges or shifts in the automotive industry, affecting companies globally, reported KhaoSod.

In related news, Crystal Textile Industries Ltd., a lace manufacturer established 34 years ago, closed its factory due to a lack of orders, leaving 97 employees jobless. Located in Soi Wat Kusang, Suksawat Road, Samut Prakan, the company faced insurmountable financial difficulties.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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