Staff 'deserved bigger payoff'
Wilaiwan Saetia, vice president of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee, yesterday urged the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare to investigate a complaint in which a Samut Sakhon firm reportedly forced a group of elderly workers to quit and paid them just three to four months pay in compensation.
She said this violated the workers' right, because they were entitled to compensation based on the number of years they had worked. Most had worked at this firm for up to two decades. She also called on the agency to inform the workers about their rights.
As per the labour law, employees who have worked for more than six years are entitled to eight months salary, while those working for 10 years or more need to be paid 10 months pay if the employer wishes to terminate their employment. If workers resign, they are not entitled to this compensation.