28th August.Trains to stop nationwide as SRT unionists join protest
BANGKOK: -- Train services are expected to come to a halt tomorrow morning as part of the protests against the government by employees of the State Railway Authority.
A 45-year-old SRT worker in Nakhon Si Thammarat said the unionists have coordinated with SRT workers nationwide to carry out the civil disobedience against the government.
He said officials in charge of train services, such as drivers and engineers have submitted their leaves since Thursday.
He said trains that leave main stations will stop at the first sub-station, and thus will block all the routes and paralyze the services nationwide.Partial train service stoppage begins
BANGKOK: -- The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) announced that it will stop providing northern and northeastern rail services, starting 12am Friday. It claimed that its employees are not ready to work, causing disruption among commuters.
The chairman of the SRTís labour union in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Sathorn Sinpru, said almost 100 engine drivers, usherettes and repairmen have taken a sick leave for at least two days, reasoning that they are not happy with their work. He said if they are still not ready to work after two days, the suspension could prolong as their performance could cause dangers.
According to reports, members of the SRTís labour union took part in the mass rally led by the anti-government Peopleís Alliance for Democracy (PAD) at the Government House. The reason behind the SRTís halt of operation could be the governmentís provision of free transport for the protesters who wish to return home.
So far, five trains routing from Bangkok to Northeastern provinces have already suspended the operations since Thursday evening, deputy governor of the SRT Thawin Sarmnakorn said in a television interview on Thursday night.
Mr Thawin said he has ordered substitutes to replace the staff who have taken leave, but the number of the substitutes is inadequate for all the services to fully operate.
He added that he plans to hold talk with SRT staff on Friday to prevent the suspension of train services in other regions.
The discontinuation of rail services will likely affect more than a thousand people in Ayutthaya who come to work in Bangkok every morning.
Latest reports say train services from Taphan Hin in Pichit will be halted starting 5am Friday.
-- Bangkok Post 2008-08-28
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