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In 23 months CAT & TOT will lose mobile concession revenue from AIS & DTAC. Labour union sues to stop.

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Telecommunications

TOT union protests loss of revenue

1/03/2012
Komsan Tortermvasana

TOT's labour union is seeking 10,000 employee signatures on a petition protesting a law that will require the state telecom enterprise to return all concession revenue to the government.

A poster at the TOT head office reads: ‘‘In only 23 months, we must stand on our own. Are you ready to change today?’’ The message is aimed at encouraging employees to adapt." 

Section 84 of the Frequency Allocation Act stipulates TOT and CAT Telecom must return revenue from their concessions and frequency-related services to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), starting on Dec 20, 2013.

The NBTC will then pass the revenue to the state.

The union's petition will be submitted to the Constitutional Court and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Pongthiti Pongsilamanee, the labour union's acting president, said the relevant section of Section 84 contravenes Section 305 of the constitution, which protects state enterprise contracts and concessions from subsequent legislation.

"It will cause a huge amount of damage to TOT and CAT, both of which rely heavily on concession revenue," he said.

TOT reported revenue of 19 billion baht from concessionaire Advanced Info Service last year. Its net profit was 6 billion baht. 

"Without concession revenue, TOT will immediately suffer a heavy loss of more than 10 billion baht a year," said Mr Pongthiti. 

TOT could meet with a tragic end. There are no guarantees it can survive.

He said the union has gathered 2,000 employee signatures so far and expects to reach its target of 12,000 names by next month.

TOT employees fully realise mobile concessions are assets that belong to the state telecom enterprise, said Mr Pongthiti.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Telecommunications, TOT union protests loss of revenue, 1/03/2012, Komsan Tortermvasana, link

Telecommunications Vocabulary


CAT, CAT Telecom -
  the Thai state-owned telecommunications company that owns Thailand’s international telecommunications infrastructure including its international gateways, satellite and submarine cable networks connections. Until recently, CAT had a monopoly on international telephony and CDMA mobile telephony. CAT partners with sister state-enterprise TOT to provide a GSM mobile service and with Hutchison to provide a CDMA mobile service. Corporatized in July 2003, CAT Telecom used to be known as the Communications Authority of Thailand (See Wikipedia)

TOT - a Thai state-owned telecommunications company. Originally established in 1954 and corporatized in 2002, TOT's main line of business is fixed line telephony, although it has several other businesses, including mobile telephony. (See Wikipedia)

telecommunications -  dealing with telephones; the technology of sending messages over long distances by radio, telephone, television, satellite, etc  การโทรคมนาคม หมายถึง การสื่อสารทางไกลโดยใช้โทรศัพท์ เคเบิล โทรทัศน์ วิทยุและโทรเลข (See Wikipedia)

labour union - an organization of workers in a company or industry that negotiates for higher pay and better working conditions (See Wikipedia)
union - Same as "labour union"

protests - meetings, sometimes forceful or violent, or public statements by people who strongly disagree with something ชุมนุมประท้วง
revenue - income from taxes or business activities รายได้

TOT union protests loss of revenue

employee - someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation ลูกจ้าง
10,000 employee signatures
petition - a document signed by a large number of people demanding or requesting some action from the government or another authority การถวายฎีกา,การร้องเรียน
a petition protesting a law
seeking 10,000 employee signatures on a petition
state - government รัฐ
enterprise - a company; a organization, especially a business กิจการ, บริษัท,อุตสาหกิจ,วิสาหกิจ
state telecom enterprise
return all concession revenue to the government

TOT's labour union is seeking 10,000 employee signatures on a petition protesting a law that will require the state telecom enterprise to return all concession revenue to the government.

stand on our own - support yourself (live and continue to exist by yourself without help from others)
encourage - give energy and motivate people to do something
adapt - change to meet new situation ทำให้เหมาะ, ทำให้เข้ากับ, ปรับ
encouraging employees to adapt

A poster at the TOT head office reads: ‘‘In only 23 months, we must stand on our own. Are you ready to change today?’’ The message is aimed at encouraging employees to adapt." 

concession - permission from the government to run a certain kind of business (example: telecommunications, transportation, etc) สัมปทาน การยอมให้
frequency - 1. radio frequency used to send and transmit mobile phone, TV, radio, wireless internet, etc signals; 2.  the number of times something happens within a particular period ความบ่อย
frequency-related services - money that the company makes for managing the allocation of radio frequencies for the government

Section 84 of the Frequency Allocation Act stipulates TOT and CAT Telecom must return revenue from their concessions and frequency-related services to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), starting on Dec 20, 2013. The NBTC will then pass the revenue to the state.

submitted - formally given to someone so they can make a decision about it ยื่น ยื่นเอกสารเพื่อการพิจารณา
relevant - directly connected with and important to something ที่เกี่ยวข้อง ที่เกี่ยวข้องโดยตรง
contravenes - goes against, violates
contracts - a formal agreement (either in writing or spoken)
subsequent - happening afterwards
legislation - a law or set of laws suggested by a government and made official by a parliament กฎหมาย, การออกกฎหมาย
subsequent legislation - a law that was created after some event happened

The union's petition will be submitted to the Constitutional Court and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pongthiti Pongsilamanee, the labour union's acting president, said the relevant section of Section 84 contravenes Section 305 of the constitution, which protects state enterprise contracts and concessions from subsequent legislation. "It will cause a huge amount of damage to TOT and CAT, both of which rely heavily on concession revenue," he said.

concessionaire - the owner of a concession
profit - money that you make from selling goods and services after all your costs have been paid กำไร

TOT reported revenue of 19 billion baht from concessionaire Advanced Info Service last year. Its net profit was 6 billion baht. 

immediately - happening right now; without delay; right away ทันที
suffer - to experience physical or mental pain
a heavy loss - when the company loses a lot of money
immediately suffer a heavy loss
tragic - causing or involving great sadness, because someone suffers or dies
survive - to continue to exist and live รอดพ้น อยู่รอด สืบต่อไปได้ มีชีวิตรอด to manage to deal with something difficult or unpleasant
meet with a tragic end - die a sad and horrible death
no guarantees it can
survive - it might die; not sure it will continue living

"Without concession revenue, TOT will immediately suffer a heavy loss of more than 10 billion baht a year," said Mr Pongthiti. TOT could meet with a tragic end. There are no guarantees it can survive.

target - a goal เป้าหมาย
reach its target of 12,000 names
realise - to come to know something; to reach an understanding ตระหนัก รู้
assets - things owned, especially property and money สินทรัพย์

He said the union has gathered 2,000 employee signatures so far and expects to reach its target of 12,000 names by next month. TOT employees fully realise mobile concessions are assets that belong to the state telecom enterprise, said Mr Pongthiti.



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