Strike at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok

Suvarnabhumi luggage staff go on strike, call for bonus and raise

Baggage handlers at Suvarnabhumi International Airport are on strike and demanding a missing year-end bonus and pay raise from their outsourced security company.

Three-hundred employees from Asia Security Management Co. Ltd, which provides security and baggage check services for the airport, held a protest on the first floor of the terminal last night.

A representative from the company initially agreed only to raise their monthly salary from THB9,000 to THB9,300 in accordance to the new minimum wage rate with at least a one-month bonus at the end of the year.

Sirote Duangratana, Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said that the strike had been going on for 2-3 days, with 20 employees absent from work. To handle the staff shortage, he said that some baggage handlers from Don Mueang Airport were relocated to Suvarnabhumi, and Asia Security Management will finish the training of 150 new employees by the end of this month.

Kittipong Kittikachorn, the airport’s security chief, confirmed the passengers will not be affected by the strike, Workpoint reported.

Lawsuit looms over airport strike

Sirote Duangratana, director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said Monday 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.

Source: Coconuts / TheNation

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