September 4, 2008

Thai Telecommunication Giant Threatens to Close International Gateway

Thai Telecommunication giant threatens to close international gateway

BANGKOK, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- While the previously announced labor strikes have not fully materialized, the possibility of a CAT Telecom labor union work stoppage which would affect international circuit telecommunications and the Internet gateway is still being considered, the Thai News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The CAT union has said it will decide Wednesday afternoon whether to cut the international circuit telecommunication gateway or not. Disconnecting the gateway would affect internet, overseas telephone services as well as financial transactions.

All modes of transportation nationwide were on normal services despite some labor unions of transportation state enterprises and companies threatened to strike and join the anti-government protest to put pressure against Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to resign.

The bus services of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), inter-provincial bus services of Transport Company, were on normal services while the operation of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and Thai Airways International (THAI) were almost in full services on Wednesday.

The State Enterprise Labor Relations Confederation on Monday said that more than 200,000 members of the 43 state enterprise labor unions nationwide had jointly agreed to stop work which involves public utilities to support the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government protest.

The Confederation also threatened to cut tap water, electricity supplies and other public utilities supplying metropolitan Bangkok to pressure Samak to resign.

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