DPM Surapong confident state enterprise strike will not escalate

September 1st, 2008 - 3:02 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Surapong Suebwonglee says he is confident that the strikes initiated by state enterprise unions, will not escalate.

The deputy premier says he believes that the strike will not lead to electricity and water cuts. He added that he has not been reported of a potential strike by employees of the state financial institutions. He also encourages all sides to try to understand the ongoing political situation to prevent another strike.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the labor union of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, Kuson Boonklom (กุศล บุญกล่อม), affirms the labor union has not yet instructed the employees to strike but says they are allowed to join a rally by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) after work. He says that the employees have the right to do so.

President of the Government Housing Bank Khan Prachuabmoh (ขรรค์ ประจวบเหมาะ) says the employees can take leave of absence in line with the company’s regulations and the state financial institutions are controlled by laws. He therefore says the employees’ absence from work will not cause financial management problems as there are other employees left who can take over the absentees’ work load.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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