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Lawsuit looms over airport strike

Lawsuit looms over airport strike

MONDAY, February 06, 2017

Sirote Duangratana, director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said the Airports of Thailand (AOT), which operates Bangkok’s main airport, is considering filing a lawsuit against Asia Security Management Co (ASM) and claiming compensation over disruption caused by a labour strike.

AOT said that 300 luggage-handling workers at ASM, a subsidiary of Loxley Plc, have been out on strike for several days, causing huge financial losses as well as inconveniencing passengers.
AOT can claim compensation based on damage incurred by the hour, as the airport operates around the clock. 
Sirote said the company has arranged for 100 baggage handlers to be diverted mostly from Don Mueang and Phuket international airports to cover for the striking workers on night shifts. AOT has been informed by ASM that its executives have received complaint letter from the striking workers and promised to solve problem as soon as possible.
A representative from the baggage handlers said they had demanded a missing year-end bonus and pay rises.
 The company initially agreed only to raise their monthly salary from Bt9,000 to Bt9,300 and grant other benefits in accordance with the new minimum wage rate and provide a year-end bonus of at least one month.