Workers protest unfair treatment amid outbreak

Workers protest unfair treatment amid outbreak

More than 20 employees have lodged complaints with Government House about unfair treatment, including forced resignations, by employers amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

A woman who goes by the name Bee, an employee at an advertising company, said she and her colleagues were pressured to resign after refusing to sign a consent form agreeing to a 50% salary cut. She said the company cited projected losses that will last until the end of the year due to Covid-19. Ms Bee argued her company has not yet been hit by the financial downturn.

She has worked for the company for five years and said it still makes a profit as clients are paying their bills.

An unnamed worker, who filed a complaint about alleged unfair treatment at her furniture company, said that in late April her employer told its workers to move to its production lines. She feared it is now trying to pressure the rest of the employees into resigning by making them work overtime without extra pay.

A woman who goes by the name Nang, 47, said she's an accountant for a cruise ship catering company. Ms Nang said she was suspended along with her colleagues due to the economic impact of Covid-19. She said her employer promised to pay them 9,000 baht each for three months, but the company backtracked on the offer and told them to claim unemployment benefits from the Social Security Office.

She is unsure about her future as she fears she will lose her job without being compensated by her employer.

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