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Phuket SuperCheap staff get job aid

PHUKET: More than 1,600 positions are available for workers whose jobs went up in flames along with the SuperCheap discount store complex this week, a labour official said on Friday.

By Bangkok Post

Monday 21 October 2013, 08:39AM

Yaowapa Pibulpol, the head of the provincial labour office, said many companies had agreed to take on the struggling workers because they need labour with the tourism high season just around the corner.

The megastore employed 2,736 people, 700 of them migrant workers, Phuket deputy governor Sommai Preechasilp said. If they are laid off, the employer must pay them compensation

Immigrant workers on daily employment contracts normally are not permitted by the law to switch employers. However, the office will allow them to temporarily change workplaces so they can have an income, said Ms Yaowapa.

The workers will have to return to SuperCheap when the store is operational again, she added.

Mrs Sommai said residents of the houses damaged by the fire would receive 3,000 baht each from the Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office. Personnel from the agency will also inspect the affected homes and hand out additional compensation based on their condition.

The spectacular fire on Wednesday night levelled SuperCheap, a Phuket institution where low-income people shopped for a huge variety of goods. The fire also damaged two private homes, a garage and three vehicles.

The blaze was brought under control between 1 and 2am on Thursday. Even though hundreds of shoppers and staff were in the store when the fire began around 9.30pm, no injuries were reported. However, two people who worked in the store still have not been accounted for.

The cause of the incident has not yet been established.

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