Port Authority of Thailand admits some workers have taken a leave of absence to join PADSeptember 3rd, 2008 - 1:54 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
The Deputy Chairman of the Port Authority of Thailand’s Labor Union, Mr. Paithoon Thongkam (ไพทูลย์ ทองคำ), reveals that some port employees have taken a leave of absence from work in order to signal their opposition to the government. Mr. Paithoon affirms that the number of workers who did not show up for work was low, although their roles in operating 10 crane units means that the export process for goods at many ports have been hampered.
Mr. Paithoon said that he has instructed container ships to remain anchored in the Gulf of Thailand until the situation becomes clearer. He reports that the Khlong Toei (คลองเตย) Port, or Bangkok Port accommodates more than 1.5 million tons of cargo per year, and is serviced by Port Authority of Thailand employees. Meanwhile the Laem Chabang (แหลมฉบัง) Deepwater Port is serviced by private contractors.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand