Tens of thousands of Thai workers mobilize to protest Prime Minister Shinawatra’s privatization campaign:
Today workers from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) members of all State Enterprises Labour Relation Confederation, workers from private sector unions, activists and the general public gathered for the biggest anti-privatisation protest to date in the 16 day old confrontation in Thailand. Protesters gathered in front of the Government House to show the Thaksin government the depth of workers resolve to make their voices heard.
The Thaksin cabinet has made aggressive moves toward privatization of the highly profitable state enterprises including three Electricity enterprises, water, ports, public transport, etc, since early January of this year. This comes after he succeeded in privatizing part of the Airlines, Telecommunication, Postal Service, Airport and Petroleum. This is happening despite the fact he promised the State Enterprises Labour unions three years ago during his campaign for PM that he would not privatize state enterprises. But as has been the case with previous leaders, promises to the poor are easily forgotten.