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PHUKET: At a closed meeting today, representatives from the Evason Phuket & Bon Island resort revealed financial statements to prove that the resort company does not have the capacity to pay for demands made by workers summarily dismissed last Tuesday.

“The Human Resource Manager and the Accounting Manager from the resort are here today to present financial statements from their company,” said Thanapong Orachorn, the officer at Phuket Provincial Labour Protection and Welfare Office, assigned to meet the representatives.

“They say that the company even has to borrow from the buyer just to pay for the redundancy packages being offered and that they cannot afford to offer any more to the workers in terms of financial assistance.

“If the firm can prove that it lacks the capacity to pay the claims, then no action will be taken… I will pass this information on to the union,” Mr Thanapong added.

Mr Thanapong’s statement of no action under the “capacity to pay principle” follows that of his chief, Kittipong Laonipon, Director of the Phuket Provincial Office of Labor Protection and Welfare Office, last Thursday.

Mr Kittipong, who is personally overseeing the complaint filed by the resort staff through the Phuket Island Union, was unable to attend today as he was in Satun province on a work seminar.

Mr Thanapong also confirmed that the redundancy package being offered comprises salary payment according to Thai law, plus one month advance notice, a bonus as per agreement with the union, health insurance cover until November 2012 and a job reference, as announced by Sonu Shivdasani, founder and CEO of the Soneva Group, in the hotel press release on Saturday.

However, union vice president Warin Sungkong today told the Gazette that the union had yet to hear from resort management since filing a complaint with Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha last Thursday.

“We were not invited to join the talks today, but I previously acknowledged that the hotel will pay us in accordance with labor law, a bonus, health insurance and compensation since they didn’t notify us one month in advance.

“But they still have not mentioned anything about compensation based on length of service with the hotel, which we requested in the complaint [filed with Governor],” said Mr Warin.

He added that the union was invited to join talks with hotel management at the Labor Protection and Welfare Office on June 12, at 2 pm.

“In the next meeting, I will again talk to them about the redundancy package we have requested, and tell them that if the new hotel opens and starts hiring staff, we want them to consider hiring the former employees of the Evason Phuket resort first,” he said.

In his statement on Saturday, in addition to confirming the full redundancy packages being offered, Mr Shivdasani said, “I would like to take this opportunity to give my personal thanks to all of the hosts at Evason Phuket for their commitment and hard work.

“We are working hard to provide alternative employment to as many hosts as possible. In addition, we have agreed a package for any Evason Phuket hosts whom we can’t employ elsewhere.”

— Orawin Narabal

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Early morning drug busts in Phuket yield 9 arrests

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An early morning drug bust in Rawai, Phuket has yielded 9 arrests. The first raid yesterday consisted of 30 task force members who raided a sea gypsy shack near the beachfront in Rawai.

43 year old Saroch Homhuan, and 34 year old Juree Bangjak, were arrested and charged with posession of a Category I drug with the intent to sell, after police found 9 pills of methamphetamine, or yaba in Thai, over 6 grams of crystal meth, or ya ice in Thai, and 3 other “items of evidence.”

31 year old Suriyan Na Takuathung, and 29 year old Prathip Areerop, were arrested and charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell, and possession of a Category 5 drug respectively. Police say they found 20 pills of methamphetamine, 0.92 grams of dried marijuana and 5 items of drug paraphernalia.

Police also raided 2 houses in Moo 2, arresting 5 suspects, named as 21 year old Vikrom Kongwiriyakul, 32 year old Narunat Chanthamuwong, 18 year old Chanchai Damrongkaset, a woman named Chantha Hansaithong, and 21 year old Warut Rodphan.

Warut was allegedly found with a bottle containing 500 millilitres of kratom juice. Police also say they seized 150 grams of kratom leaf dregs which are used to boil leaves in order to make the juice. Police charged him with posession of a Category 5 drug.

Police say they confiscated a total of 13 litres of kratom juice from 4 other suspects, which was contained in 10 bottles along with other ingredients and equipment to produce the drug cocktail called ‘4×100.’

All 9 suspects were taken to the Chalong Police Station in which only 1 agreed to undergo drug rehabilitation.

The raids come after the Phuket Provincial Government ordered officers of the Muang District Office to target villages where drugs are prevalent. A spokesman for the government said police will continue to remove drug traffickers from the community while working to improve the quality of local people’s lives so they don’t have to use drugs anymore.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Thailand to introduce “area quarantine” for international visitors from April

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From next month, foreign visitors to the Kingdom will be able to experience the delights of “area quarantine”, after the government confirmed the scheme for 5 provinces. Following a meeting with the Public Health Ministry, the Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn confirmed that Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri (Pattaya), and Surat Thani (Koh Samui and Koh Pha-ngan) have been chosen to pilot the scheme.

Foreign tourists opting for area quarantine will be required to remain in their hotel rooms for the first 3 days of their stay. They will be tested for Covid-19 and, if negative after 3 days, will be allowed to leave their room and roam freely around the resort for the remainder of their 14-day quarantine. At the end of the 14-day period, they will once again be tested for the virus and, if negative, allowed to travel around the quarantine area.

In order to avail of the scheme, tourists will still need to fulfil the other requirements for travel, including obtaining a Certificate of Entry, a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to travel, and adequate health insurance. Nation Thailand reports that the area quarantine plan will be run by 29 travel agencies, under TAT supervision.

The area quarantine scheme comes as the TAT hails the success of the first “golf quarantine” scheme, which operates in a similar manner. Travellers from countries considered “low-risk” for Covid-19 can come to Thailand for a golf holiday at approved golf resorts in the Kingdom. Conditions are similar to those attached to area quarantine, with the golfers having to spend the first 3 days in their room, test negative for the virus, and then enjoy free rein of the resort, with a few rounds of golf thrown in.

Thailand’s economy has been decimated by the fallout from the pandemic, in particular the loss of international tourism. The current mandatory 14-day quarantine period is seen as the biggest hurdle to overcome in order to re-ignite the sector. In 2019, international tourism contributed 2 trillion baht out of a total 3.01 trillion baht tourism trade. In the same year, tourism made up 17% of Thailand’s GDP.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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There was the original Covid-19 outbreak and lockdowns back in April and May in 2020, then again just before Christmas and New Year when the new clusters emerged in Samut Sakhon and the eastern coastal provinces, Patong’s nightlife was quiet enough, almost non-existent.

Now when the restrictions are lifted, Nimz will take you through Phuket’s famous nightlife spot Bangla Road, Patong Beach and Phuket Town. It’s quiet, but there are still clubs open and operating and ready to welcome you.

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