Lingerie factory closed, 1,388 jobless

Lingerie factory closed, 1,388 jobless

Laid-off workers from the Brilliant Alliance Thai Global lingerie factory gather outside the factory in Samut Prakan's Bang Sao Thong district on Thursday, after the company announced its sudden closure on Wednesday night. (Photo supplied)
Laid-off workers from the Brilliant Alliance Thai Global lingerie factory gather outside the factory in Samut Prakan's Bang Sao Thong district on Thursday, after the company announced its sudden closure on Wednesday night. (Photo supplied)

SAMUT PRAKAN: A total of 1,388 people have been thrown out of work by lingerie manufacturer Brilliant Alliance Thai Global Ltd's abrupt closure of its factory in Bang Sao Thong district.

The closure anouncement was posted only on Wednesday, effective from Thursday.

Its workforce, mostly employed in the production department, were in a state of shock.

The company announcement said it had been directly affected by the economic slump, in both Thailand and rest of the world, from 2019. It was made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Exports of its lingerie products had dropped dramatically leading to accumulated debts that forced it to close down the business from March 11.

One laid-off worker, who asked not to be named, said the company gave them no advance warning at all. Most of them learned of the closure on Wednesday evening, and some not until Thursday morning.

She said the factory's closure was understandable, but the company should have sent  representatives to explain to them in advance about compensation they were entitled to  under labour law.

Unhappy employees gathered outside the factory in Soi 7 of Bang Phli Industrial Estate in tambon Bang Sao Thong on Thursday morning, still waiting for an explanation. 

The Labour Ministry sent officials there to inform them about compensation entitlements and their right to unemployment benefits.

Tables were set up for the laid-off employees to fill out job application forms, in hope of future employment opportunities.

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