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2,800 Phuket SuperCheap staff left jobless after fire

PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Sommai Preechasilp has told media that the SuperCheap store, destroyed in a large fire on Wednesday evening (October 16), employed 2,736 people, 700 of them migrant workers.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 18 October 2013, 08:50AM

The Bangkok Post reported that if they are laid off, the employer must pay them compensation. The workers can seek help from the provincial employment assistance centre.

The store on Thepkrassatri Rd in Phuket Town burnt down on Wednesday night around 9.40pm. No injured or dead have been officially confirmed yet. Forensics teams were due to enter the site yesterday (October 17).

Suthep Sukprasert, a 46-year-old parking supervisor at SuperCheap, said he lived next door to the complex in a rented house. Luckily, the fire did not spread to his home. He had worked at SuperCheap for 12 years and the fire started after he returned home.

“I’ve grown attached to the SuperCheap store. I want to continue working here if it is restored,” he said.

He said he worried a lot about losing his job.

“I am waiting for the store owner to tell us about his plans. I am sorry for all the workers who have to go though this uncertainty because all have burdens and do not know what to do with their lives,” Mr Suthep said.


The Department of Insurance reported the SuperCheap store was insured with two companies and its combined insurance coverage amounts to 620 million baht. Authorities initially estimate damage from the fire at about 40 million baht.

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