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Huge Backlog of Foreigner Work Permits
« on: February 10, 2014, 01:13:26 PM »
Labour Dept Begins Work on Processing Huge Backlog of Foreigner Work Permits

Work permits are no longer being processed at a Bangkok hotel as Labour Department regains control of its Din Daeng offices.

BANGKOK:-- Thailand’s Labour Department, which had spent the last two weeks operating from the Princeton Hotel, returns to its offices in Din Daeng with a limited workforce to begin tackling a huge backlog of work permit applications.

 As government offices in Bangkok continue to be besieged by scores of anti-government protesters, the full extent of the Bangkok Shutdown is being felt not only in the capital but right across Thailand.

 The campaign by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee to cause major disruption to the heart of Bangkok’s central governmental infrastructure has meant that many business owners and foreign nationals have been unable to obtain the necessary licenses and permits needed to operate businesses and work legally in Thailand.

 Some of the offices which been most affected by the Bangkok Shutdown campaign include the Board of Investment, Industrial Work Department and the Labour Ministry, which had been forced to rent the Princeton Hotel in order to provide a safe and suitable place for officials to work in.

The knock on effect of the temporary closure and disruption to the Labour Ministry has not only caused a huge backlog of work and delay in issuing work permits to foreigners in Bangkok, it has also resulted in significant disruption to Labour departments nationwide as it has been revealed that the Department’s national computer server is located in the offices which are currently occupied by PDRC supporters.

This has meant that local provincial Labour offices have been unable to access the Department’s national database of foreign workers in order to process new work permit applications or renew existing work permits, leaving the whole system at a complete standstill.

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