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Staff At Suvarnabhumi Airport On Strike

Bangkok, Mon Feb 06 2017
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About 300 luggage x-ray unit workers at Suvarnabhumi airport have gone on strike, but were replaced temporarily by staff from Don Mueang and other airports.

About 8pm on Sunday the striking workers gathered to voice their demands in front of the office of ASM Security Management, a subsidiary of Loxley Co contracted to operate the luggage x-ray unit, in front of the airport's Concourse A. Their demands were for an increase of their base salary from 9,000 to 9,300 baht a month and increases in skills and other allowances, overtime rates, travel expenses and welfare benefits.

The management of Suvarnabhumi airport quickly replaced the strikers with staff from Don Mueang airport, enabling the operation at the luggage x-ray unit at Suvarnabhumi to continue uninterrupted. ASM general manager Kan Thongyai went out to negotiate with the striking employees on Sunday night, but no agreement was reached. The company said the demands were too high and unacceptable.

The strikers dispersed around midnight and said they would return to continue their protest on Monday morning. Sirote Duangratana, general manager of Suvarnabhumi airport, said ASM Security Management had informed the airport of the work stoppage.

For the meantime, x-ray unit staff from Don Mueang airport, some from within Suvarnabhumi airport and another 40 from Phuket airport would temporarily replace the ASM workers. He said 150 new employees of ASM now under training would be on the job by the end of February.

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