Transport Minister asks state enterprise workers not to go on strike

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BANGKOK, 19 May 2014 – Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt has asked all state enterprise workers not to go on strike following the State Enterprises Workers’ Relations Confederation (SERC)’s announcement to comply with the anti-government group. 

In response to the planned strikes on May 22nd by the SERC, Minister Chadchart asked that all state enterprise workers carry out their duties as usual and not take orders from the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC); otherwise, the people will be the ones who suffer most. He also asserted that the current government would not step down until a new cabinet has been selected.

Meanwhile, Mr. Prapat Jongsanguan, Governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), expressed confidence that SRT workers will not join the PDRC campaign, while calling on the protesters to end their rallies as they have done enough damage to this nation.

In the meantime, Acting Director of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) Naret Boonpiem said BMTA employees will not take orders from the PDRC and will not do anything that would affect the people.

The State Enterprises Workers’ Relations Confederation (SERC) and the PDRC met on Sunday during which both sides issued a statement calling on all state enterprises to express their clear stance against the government and go on strike on May 22nd in an attempt to pressure the rest of 12 Pheu Thai ministers to resign.

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