Chopper firm files labour complaint
- Published: 1 Nov 2013 at 10.29
- Online news:
A Thai helicopter operator has complained about the alleged employment of foreign pilots on domestic shuttle flights serving oil drilling platforms in Thailand.
Jira Ratanarat, chairman of SFS Aviation Co, filed his complaint on Thursday with Tarit Pengdith, director-general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).
He said two companies employed about 40 foreign pilots to fly helicopters transporting platform staff between mainland and offshore drilling platforms. He added that it violated the law governing foreign workers who are prohibited from flying on domestic routes.
Mr Jira said the practice affects pilot jobs legally reserved for Thai workers. It could also jeopardise national security as foreigners were flying to rigs.
He said he filed a complaint with the transport minister on Aug 8 but had not received any reply.
Mr Tarit said he has asked the DSI's Bureau of Consumer Protection and Environment Crime to investigate the matter.