Standstill in Thailand? Labour, railway unions to join protests

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thai policeThe Thai State Enterprises Labour Relations Confederation (SERC), which has SERC has 45 labour unions under its umbrella, has agreed on November 27 that all of its members are free to take a two-day leave to join the anti-government protests on November 28-29, reports said. The confederation said its resolution is compliant with Sections 69, 70 and 71 of the constitution.

Union members throughout the country are free to exercise their right “to protect the nation, religion, the king and  democratic administration” under the constitutional monarchy by taking a two-day leave to participate in the ongoing protest, wherever they feel convenient, throughout the country, the SERC said.

The State Railway of Thailand labour union also issued a statement showing it intention  to join the protest by people seeking political reform. The statement accused the government of unconstitutionally trying to amend the constitution and lambasts the 312 legislators who backed the move, as well the Pheu Thai Party, for not accepting the Constitution Court’s authority.

The government’s gross violation of the constitution had caused more than two million people to protest throughout the country, the statement said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of employees of the state-owned Telephone Organisation of Thailand (TOT), the largest telephone and data operator in the country, welcomed protesters marching to their offices. State officials in some other ministries were also seen greeting and welcoming the anti-government protesters, who laid siege on November 27  to key government offices like the ministries of Industry, Energy, Labour, Public Health, Foreign Affairs and Commerce. During their march, people along the road were seen cheering them on. Officials of the Public Health Ministry gathered in front of the Permanent Secretary Office’s building blew whistles as well as waved flags.

Furthermore, residents of several provinces joined the anti-government campaign by rallying in front of their provincial city halls and demanding governors and officials stop serving the government and go on strike. Security was intensified with police deployed and gates locked in preparation for the gathering. However, there were no reports of chaos or violence. The protesters were seen giving flowers to representatives of the provincial authorities, who came out to receive them.

The provinces in which people actively joined the campaign were in the southern region: Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Yala, Ranong, Satun, Songkhla, Pattalung, Surat Thani and Trang. Khon Kaen and Saraburi also witnessed a strong turnout of protesters.

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The Thai State Enterprises Labour Relations Confederation (SERC), which has SERC has 45 labour unions under its umbrella, has agreed on November 27 that all of its members are free to take a two-day leave to join the anti-government protests on November 28-29, reports said. The confederation said its resolution is compliant with Sections 69, 70 and 71 of the constitution.

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thai policeThe Thai State Enterprises Labour Relations Confederation (SERC), which has SERC has 45 labour unions under its umbrella, has agreed on November 27 that all of its members are free to take a two-day leave to join the anti-government protests on November 28-29, reports said. The confederation said its resolution is compliant with Sections 69, 70 and 71 of the constitution.

Union members throughout the country are free to exercise their right “to protect the nation, religion, the king and  democratic administration” under the constitutional monarchy by taking a two-day leave to participate in the ongoing protest, wherever they feel convenient, throughout the country, the SERC said.

The State Railway of Thailand labour union also issued a statement showing it intention  to join the protest by people seeking political reform. The statement accused the government of unconstitutionally trying to amend the constitution and lambasts the 312 legislators who backed the move, as well the Pheu Thai Party, for not accepting the Constitution Court’s authority.

The government’s gross violation of the constitution had caused more than two million people to protest throughout the country, the statement said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of employees of the state-owned Telephone Organisation of Thailand (TOT), the largest telephone and data operator in the country, welcomed protesters marching to their offices. State officials in some other ministries were also seen greeting and welcoming the anti-government protesters, who laid siege on November 27  to key government offices like the ministries of Industry, Energy, Labour, Public Health, Foreign Affairs and Commerce. During their march, people along the road were seen cheering them on. Officials of the Public Health Ministry gathered in front of the Permanent Secretary Office’s building blew whistles as well as waved flags.

Furthermore, residents of several provinces joined the anti-government campaign by rallying in front of their provincial city halls and demanding governors and officials stop serving the government and go on strike. Security was intensified with police deployed and gates locked in preparation for the gathering. However, there were no reports of chaos or violence. The protesters were seen giving flowers to representatives of the provincial authorities, who came out to receive them.

The provinces in which people actively joined the campaign were in the southern region: Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Yala, Ranong, Satun, Songkhla, Pattalung, Surat Thani and Trang. Khon Kaen and Saraburi also witnessed a strong turnout of protesters.

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