Bangkok port reopens along with many train lines continuing service after week long suspension

September 9th, 2008 - 1:55 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Port Authority of Thailand (สุนิดา สกุลรัตนะ) Director Sunida Skulratana (สุนิดา สกุลรัตนะ) revealed that members of the State Enterprise Union have returned to work at the PAT following a refusal to perform last week. The return of the workers has allowed Bangkok’s Khlong Toey port to reopen and operate as usual.

Mrs. Sunida however said that she has not yet seen the details of a suit against the PAT filed by Export Import Association which is seeking action following a loss of 300 million baht due to last weeks work stoppage. Nonetheless, the PAT has tasked its legal department to attempt to create understanding with the private sector.

Meanwhile, State Railway Authority of Thailand President Yuthana Thapcharoen (ยุทธนา ทัพเจริญ) revealed that the authority has been able to restart most of the suspended train lines due to last week’s action by the State Enterprise Union. He admitted that most of the trains that have not continued service are in the South where a remaining 38 lines are still suspended from a total of 64. Nonetheless, Mr. Yuthana reported the situation in the Northeast remains normal without any rail line suspensions despite threats that the lines would be stopped due to the Cabinet meeting in Udorn Thani province.

The SRT President said that the authority is creating an evaluation of losses made to the private sector in response to civil action being made by the land transport operators.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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