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Patong hotel employees rally to protect their jobs

Patong hotel employees rally to protect their jobs

PHUKET: Some 50 employees of a big Patong hotel gathered in Soi Bangla last night (Apr 16) to deliver the message they need their jobs in response to an online complaint by a “well-known lawyer” who said that the establishment creates nuisance to local residents and urged to take measures against it.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 17 April 2022, 04:25PM

The peaceful rally began at 11pm with people holding placards saying that “they are hungry” and “do not want to lose jobs”, reported the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket). 

Pictures from the scene did not show any officials or police officers. No public disorder or acts of violence were reported by PR Phuket.

The rally followed an online post by a “well-known lawyer” who said he  “received a complaint from Phuket residents saying they were suffering from Patong Bay Hill Hotel*”. 

“Entertainment venues [at the hotel] have been operating over legal hours with crowds of people, loud noises, annoyance and illegal things for years, and the officials are still silent. I decided to see the place with my own eyes and it turned out that this entertainment venue is actually open until morning with a lot of people gathering there,” said the post (as quoted by PR Phuket).

“What should we do if a new COVID-19 cluster arises? Why does the Phuket Provincial Police Commissioner neglect it and allow entertainment venues to stay open beyond the legal time limit and violate measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus? And as far as I know, this entertainment venue doesn’t have a license as well,” the lawyer went on.

“Entertainment venues in some hotels operate for years, having thousands of tourists a day. I ask the national Police Commissioner to investigate the reason for such neglect. Is there any bribery or corruption? The official policy is strict law enforcement and elimination of malignancy when discovered, while the Phuket Provincial Police Commissioner is clearly flawing on this. I hope you will solve this case as an example,” the post continued.

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The publication was supported with a video from inside the venue showing people having fun in the pool area and a DJ playing music to entertain the guests.

One of Patong Bay Hill Hotel employees explained that if the business is closed or suspended, a lot of people will lose their jobs. The employee said that Phuket has gone through two years of COVID-19 epidemic during which people have been struggling to survive and now are risking to lose what they have left because of the complaint.

“Has anyone come to see us and look after us? Everyone’s life is difficult. But he came to show his power causing widespread impact and damage to the establishment”, the employee said about the poster of the complaint.

It was stressed that most Patong people – born and raised there – understand the “context” of their lives and the nature of a resort town where people have to develop tourism as there are “no rubber plantations, no palm plantations”. With Patong’s assets being a “beautiful beachfront” and a “world-class city”, it has a specific way of development which is now under threat due to critisim, it was stressed. 

“How will the employees be? No one knows. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been no agency on hand to provide us assistance. The employees have had to struggle to survive and make a living and now face this [criticism]. Let’s help push for our country,” the employee said. 

*As named by PR Phuket.

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maverick | 18 April 2022 - 15:10:47

Corruption is fueled by idiotic rules , fix one and the other gets no oxygen this is a developing country like much of Africa where corruption is rife - expats fuel it by paying agents to handle their visas - more hypocrisy 

Capricornball | 18 April 2022 - 13:19:04

@Maverick, neither the article nor my comments are about the hypocrisy, which no doubt is a reality. It is about corrupt people having undue influence to benefit themselves, and an impotent police force that is no less criminal than the crooks from whom which they line their pockets.  Too bad there is no mention of the new DSI unit looking into this, unless they too are on the hook for PEBA

Kurt | 18 April 2022 - 12:32:08

Yes Maverick. Imagine all the Covid measures/rules disappear. Imagine all the no relevant, not economical contributing just good for Merit doing Officials who now have 'order power' are becoming nobody again? Instead of that start working on securing Phuket future water supply, tackling cartels, clean environment, ( just clean exhaust cars on road), etc?

maverick | 18 April 2022 - 09:35:50

Nothing obvious at all - we see job devastation all around us as business’s continue to fail - many workers are still at home not daring to return to Phuket whilst uncertainty continues - terrible shame 

Kurt | 18 April 2022 - 09:26:41

Are rallies of more than 5 persons allowed again? Well, for tourists a nice recording moment to show at home once they are back. Since when does one need to be a 
'authority' to file a complain, as a investor (who not want to be named, the coward) dumb implied?

JohnC | 18 April 2022 - 09:16:34

They were obviously 'paid' to go and protest like this. Or fear of losing their jobs if they didn't do as they were told to by their boss.

maverick | 18 April 2022 - 09:04:47

Capricornball@ get rid of the silly rules no longer serve any purpose - 10,000 folks gather on a beach and it celebrated - pure hypocrisy 

Kurt | 18 April 2022 - 08:59:06

I feel sorry for employees during the for them difficult Covid-19 years. It is a shame that Thai Offialdom and PEBA what made in normal times billions of dollars profit with Phuket's "beautiful world class tourist destination", in times of hardship let down these employees, as they say. ( no agency on hand to provide us assistance)

Kurt | 18 April 2022 - 08:45:17

Again:  Long live the PEBA-Patong Republic, where RTP seem to have nothing to say, or are bribed not to handle according the Thai laws.

Capricornball | 17 April 2022 - 22:23:09

Sounds like these striking hotel puppets were hired and trained by PEBA, Prab and all the other corrupt entertainment mafiosos in Patong. Someone needs to remind those hotel/bar workers that there are thousands of other hotel/bar staff in their shoes that haven't had the luxury of having their owners pay off the cops so they can work. You all need to follow the rules. Sack the cops!

Kakka2 | 17 April 2022 - 22:02:15

protest because they cannot break the law again...LOL...this is very thay indeed..

Ash Ward | 17 April 2022 - 18:48:16

Finally someone is brave enough to question  behavior of the RTP in Patong. 

Nasa12 | 17 April 2022 - 18:19:55

Well everybody now PEBA can do and doing what they want in paying. No police government can do anything to this family. 


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