Workers clash in Ayutthaya camp

Workers clash in Ayutthaya camp

One Thai and two Myanmar workers were seriously injured during a clash at a camp site in tambon Nong Nam Sai, Phachi district, Ayutthaya province last night, district chief Withit Pinnikorn said on Monday.

The camp site houses nearly 2,000 workers - about 1,000 Thais, 600 Myanmarese and 400 workers from other nations - employed by the Gulf JP Company, a major private electricity producer in Thailand.

The workers were hired for the construction of the Nong Saeng power plant.  The construction is supervised by Sino-Thai Co.

According to Mr Withit, Somkhuan Unkham, 32, a Thai worker, was beaten up by about 20 Myanmarese worker on Sunday evening.  He was badly hurt and required 30 stitches to his wounds.

Late last night, Thai and Myanmarese workers, about 800 altogether, clashed, using knives, hammers and wooden sticks.  One Thai and two Myanmar workers were seriously injured.

Workers representatives would be called in for talks to settle their dispute.   Representatives of Gulf JP Co and the construction company would also be invited to the talks, the district officer said.

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