SRT to seek real causes of operators’ mass strike

August 29th, 2008 - 1:52 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Following the recent suspension of State Railway of Thailand (SRT)’s rail services in the northern and northeastern service areas, SRT executives are holding an urgent meeting today (August 29th) to seek the real cause of the SRT operators’ strike in order to prevent the service suspension in the future.

Chief of SRT’s Public Relations Division Phairat Rojcharoen-ngam (ไพรัช โรจน์เจริญงาม) says eight passenger trains and another five cargo and oil transport trains of the two lines have been out of service since yesterday (August 28th).

Despite a small number of trains’ operation suspension, Mr. Phairat says SRT operators’ move has created huge impacts on commuters. He says at the moment, the SRT has a limited number of operators.

Hundreds of rail operators are reportedly on sick leave at the same time. According to SRT regulations, they don’t have to submit medical certificates if their leave is not over two days. SRT operators’ sick leave presumably is due to their expression of support for supporters at the Government House.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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