Railway Authority meets to decipher response to mass employee absences

August 29th, 2008 - 10:38 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Director of Public Relations for the Railway Authority of Thailand Pairach Rojcharoengam (ไพรัช โรจน์เจริญงาม) revealed that executives of the authority met this morning to decipher measures to deal with the absence of many employees causing several train lines to suspend operation.

Initial measures have decided to use buses to aid passengers who have been left stranded by the employee shortage. The current shortage has been attributed to a Cabinet decision in 1998 which restricts the railway authority from increasing its employee base over 5 percent per year. Workers are by regulation allowed 1-2 days of leave before having to produce medical evidence of their illness. If the workers fail to do so, or are found to participate in other activities during the leave, it will be considered a discplinary infraction.

Mr. Pairach stated that he is aware of rumors that railway employees have been enticed to join the People’s Alliance for Democracy rally but he has not seen any solid evidence. He stated that an investigation has been launched into the matter.

A total of 9 train lines have been suspended as of today.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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