Labour unrest, in which hundreds of workers have staged short-lived strikes over the past two weeks, continue to spread in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Background: Labour unrest, in which hundreds of workers have staged short-lived strikes over the past two weeks, continue to spread in Bangkok, Thailand.
At Bangkok's main bus terminal yesterday (28 November), hundreds of buses were left idling as employees of the company staged a strike for more pay and better working conditions.
The strike is one of 30 such demonstrations by Thai workers in the past several weeks. Employees of four hospitals, private teachers, port workers, and garbage collectors have all staged one-day strikes.
Strikes are still officially illegal in Thailand under laws passed by the former military regime. But the new, largely-civilian government of Prime Minister Sanya Dharmasakti has agreed in principle to implement a new labour policy in which workers are entitled to medical welfare and pension schemes. The policy is currently under review by the Interior Ministry's Labour Department.
Government officials attribute the recent wave of labour unrest to rising costs of living.