About 20 members of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) labour union went to the Finance Ministry on Wednesday to demand that the ministry play its outstanding electricity bill of 7.53 million baht, which fell due on May 31.
Head of the MEA labour union Pien Yongnu said his members would cut off the electricity supply to the ministry if it fails to pay the bill within seven days.
He said he was acting in the interests of the MEA.
The union would also send representatives to other government agencies, all of which have failed to pay their bills. The total amount outstanding was 1.02 billion baht.
Mr Pien said that the demand had nothing to do with the government’s foot dragging on paying a 2,000-baht a month cost of living allowance to MEA staff. (Bangkok Post)
There are several important information in this article…
-1- the government is broke. Cash flow problems... Can’t pay the bills. 😉
-2- it’s proven now : Thailand has also inane labour unions… for that matter, France, UK or USA don’t have the monopoly anymore. Bravo. 😉
-3- thai labour unions think they own… the companies. So much that they are not afraid to act like the managers of those companies.
-4- thai labour unions consider perfectly normal to use blackmail… even against the state !
-5- thai labour unions have a great sense of humor… No the threat to cut the power has nothing to do with the scandal of the monthly living allowance…. 😉
Just another perfectly normal day in Thailand.