Airport link security threatens to halt service following pay dispute

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BANGKOK, 9 April 2012  – A Transport Ministry official said the State Railway Of Thailand Electrical Train (SRTET) failed to pay security guards employed at Airport Link stations a new daily minimum wage of 300 baht. Their previous minimum wage was 210 baht per day.

Asia Security Management (ACM), a subsidiary of the consortium hired to provide security for Suvannabhumi airport, is still awaiting payment of wages from the SRTET.

The official said the consortium obtained the security contract which lasted from December 2011-March 2012, during which delayed payments from the SRTET led to financial rows between the two companies.

On April 1, ACM was awarded another contract term by the railway company, and has since requested a wage increase in line with the current government’s 300-baht daily minimum wage scheme; however, The SRTET refused to comply with the request, given no government agencies, including the STRT, have received instructions to do so from the government. Asia Security Management has now threatened to halt their services following the disputes.

The official elaborated that the SRTET is planning a meeting with ACM executives to ask the company to continue providing their security services until the SRTET has been formally ordered to comply with the wage policy change.