Connect with us


Phuket workers present demands on Labor Day



PHUKET: Union leaders in Phuket yesterday demanded that the government initiate measures to reduce and control the soaring cost of living, which they insist has long outstripped minimum wages.

The formal demands for pricing controls headlined a list of six demands presented to Phuket Vice Governor Sommai Prijasilpa at the island’s annual Labor Day Fair held at the Phuket Provincial Office of Labor Protection and Welfare in Phuket Town.

Other key officials taking part in the event included Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) President Paiboon Upatising and Kittipong Laonipon, chief of the Phuket Provincial Office of Labor Protection and Welfare.

Although the official slogan and agenda of the event was “A clean labor force united to save the environment and fight drugs”, employers and employees in attendance clearly had their own more pressing agenda.

Presenting the demands on behalf of the Phuket workforce was Wichit Dasantad, president of the Federation of Hotel and Services Business Labor.

In addition to controlling and capping prices for consumer goods and daily necessities “not to be risen beyond actual production costs”, other demands for the government on the list were as follows:

• To strictly enforce the new minimum daily wage across all sectors

• To provide workers and the public with essential foreign-language learning opportunities ahead of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), w coming into full effect in 2015, through government-sponsored language courses in English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Burmese.

• To establish order for transnational labor affairs by strictly enforcing labor laws and ensuring due worker benefits, including medical care, are honored, in addition to strictly enforcing that laborers are performing duties consistent with those identified in their work permit; and applying pressure for illegal aliens to be either deported or registered as legal alien workers

• To accelerate and reinforce disaster response and reassurance measures by amending and updating evacuation plans and installing new evacuation route signs

• To ratify the ILO (International Labor Organization) Convention number 87, the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize, and number 98, the right to organize and collective bargaining.

— Kritsada Meuanhawong


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Chon Buri18 mins ago

Mountain B fire death toll rises to 16

Bangkok45 mins ago

MRT says Bangkok won’t suffer any Seoul-type metro flooding

Politics45 mins ago

Exiled Sri Lanka president expected to arrive in Thailand tomorrow

Sponsored5 hours ago

LASIK eye surgery with state-of-the-art procedures in Thailand

Northern Thailand47 mins ago

Tourists can see rare orchids in bloom at northern Thailand waterfall this month

Tourism2 hours ago

StyleCation: latest TAT campaign aims at young domestic tourists

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand to consider Chinese engines for S26T Yuan submarine

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Weather3 hours ago

Tropical storm ‘Mulan’ to hit several provinces of Thailand between August 11-13

Pattaya3 hours ago

Pattaya’s tourist busses are back at the floating market, but missing Chinese

Phuket4 hours ago

TikTok post accuses Phuket restaurant of unfair, unlisted prices

Krabi4 hours ago

Whale shark washed up on a Krabi beach in Thailand

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand introduces fine for not wearing seat belt in the back seat

Eastern Thailand4 hours ago

Baby’s birthday party turns violent in eastern Thailand

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand’s new narcotics laws offers drug offenders treatment

Thailand5 hours ago

Toad travels from Thailand to Wales in student’s suitcase

Crime5 hours ago

Thai stunt director released from Myanmar

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11