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Call for foreign workers to be vetted

PHUKET: A group of disgruntled workers in the local enterntainment industry have filed an official letter of complaint urging authorities to act on the numbers of illegal workers across the island.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 6 August 2022, 01:20PM

Phromphiriya Thammaupatham, representing the group, submitted the complaint to the Damrongtham Center, otherwise known as the Provincial Office of the Ombudsman, stating that the illegal workers are taking jobs of Thais and thus denying them an opportunity to make a living.

He and his colleagues urged the authorities to conduct appropriate investigations to determine the accurate facts then act accordingly.

The delegation was met by Kritsadee Chaiphakdi, Director of the Provincial Damrongtham Center, and Pichit Singthongkham, Phuket Employment Officer, who accepted the letter at the Muang district Damrongtham Center and said they would coordinate with the relevant departments internally.

Mr Phromphiriya, 37, explained that a huge proportion of people working in Phuket’s service and entertainment venues such as pubs and bars are foreigners who are usually not permitted to work.

“Many people are on tourist visas or do not have the necessary work documents to allow them to legally work here,” he said.

“Bar and restaurant workers such as waiters, hosts and bartenders, managers, receptionists and those working as entertainers such as dancers, performering groups, DJs, singers, musicians, almost 100% of positions in the hospitality industry are filled by illegal foreign workers,” Mr Phromphiriya added.

“Many foreigners enter the country on tourist visas and stay here for 5-10 years, regardless of the fact their visa has expired.

“It isn’t simply just one nationality either, there are many different nationalities in these roles, many of whom are in very obvious, front-of-house positions in bars and restaurants., attempting to attract customers from the street.”

He further explained that this was causing problems for Thai nationals who were unable to secure jobs in such roles.

“They are hijacking jobs from Thais and this is a big problem that is creating much hardship,” he said.

Mr Phromphiriya bemoaned the fact that there are no officials tasked with inspecting the situation and therefore was compelled to submit the letter requesting action be taken.

The letter asks for officials to conduct random spot checks on selected venues without any prior announcement so the business can not react in advance, with a particular focus on bars, pubs and restaurants, especially in busy tourist hubs such as Patong.

It also requests that workers are questioned when officials conduct their inspection, specifically to ensure they have work permits and the correct documentation to work in the place they are. If workers are in violation of this then they should be subject to arrest, prosecution and deportation to their respective home country. Anything other than this contravenes constitutional law, the letter concluded.

Mr Pichit confirmed he will liaise with the Phuket Damrongtham Center and coordinate with relevant agencies to visit selected areas to check whether there has been any wrongdoing as per the complaint, adding a reminder that all establishments are legally bound to strictly comply with the law on employment of foreigners.

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harald | 08 August 2022 - 09:45:59

this brave man is right, even the numer is "only" about 80 % and many from them cheap boys and girls from ukraine 

skorchio | 07 August 2022 - 11:56:21

100% ? really ? This is an hysterical claim, as if living in a alternative reality. I see the odd farang in a front-of-house position, and it is sometimes a surprise. But there is no way these occasional front-of-house farangs are doing such a job illegally - the consequences for the employer are too severe ...... 

Kurt | 07 August 2022 - 11:34:18

What is the good man talking about? The only foreigners I see are those with working permits, running venues, offering jobs to Thai of who many don't want to work offered jobs.

Prab | 07 August 2022 - 11:07:29

This guy filling this claim just sound like a trouble maker and or a total ignorant old school thai minded person... there are job and tons... just no one want them.. so rip k Thammaupatam and get a life or study some english...lol 

Prab | 07 August 2022 - 11:05:35

what a rubbish article, i can assure that most of the hotels in Patong are posting for jobs, waiters, cooks, steward, gardener etc.. and guess what... no one apply to those jobs so Thais are either too lazy or not interested on those kind of position.. off course a basic level of english is required if you work on a front of the house job and with that mean a little education need it...

kiwiian | 07 August 2022 - 10:59:10

That's given me something to laugh about today! Almost 100% of people working in the entertainment industry are foreigners? Who dreams this rubbish up just to point their fingers at the foreigners once more. This is what Adolf Hitler did in the thirties.. blamed the Jews for taking the money and work from the Germans.

solar_serfer | 07 August 2022 - 07:45:39

get a life, loosers. Writing letter of complaint would not make you a desirable candidate for _any_ position.. Anyway, you won't dance at the pole as that poor Ukranian girlie does. nuff said. This is just so sad

charles | 06 August 2022 - 22:36:04

absolute garbage out of this man's mouth, I have yet to see anyone other than Thai's working the front at restaurants , bares or entertainment venues here in Phuket 

Fascinated | 06 August 2022 - 22:34:40

Yet its OK for Thais to go overseas to work- how very xenophobic.

Malc-thai | 06 August 2022 - 18:27:02

anchaleeinn@gmail  sadly I know many people here working on tourist visas. many were the same pre covid

Capricornball | 06 August 2022 - 17:15:15

Is is possible that the local pim...er, chaparones of the local prosti...er, hostesses, don't like the russi...er, eastern europeans, stealing the East Indian clientel? Did Mafioso Prab hire someone to raise this "immigration issue" because someone is cutting into his vice interests? Such a troubling situation, especially since "100%" of hospitality jobs are now held by for...

anchaleeinn@gmail.com | 06 August 2022 - 15:34:46

That's just total bulls*it.
There basically NO foreigner at all working in the mentioned position. 
The gentlemen posting the complaint must be a super lazy troublemaker-employee who has been fired from several jobs and try to take revenge with an absurd claim.

megamind | 06 August 2022 - 14:46:43

Who doesn't like to win easy?


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