Airline executive arrested for failing to pay 150 workers’ wages

An airline executive was arrested in central Samut Songkhram province after 150 employees complained that they were not paid. Chawengsak Noiprasan, who was the subject of an arrest warrant against him in October, was taken to Don Muang police station from a property in Bang Khan Take sub-district. He is a member of the board of directors of Siam Air Transport.

The airline began operations in October 2014 with services from Don Mueang to Hong Kong, using 2 Boeing 737-300s. 2 Boeing 737-800s were added to its fleet at the end of 2015. It grew by adding Zhengzhou and Guangzhou in China to its network in early 2015. At the end of 2015, the airline launched flights to Macao and Singapore. In 2017, the airline ceased all operations.

But according to a Bangkok Post article, the carrier operates a number of scheduled and charter flights from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. The Post reports that while Chawengsak signs the company’s legal documents, all legal matters relating to the airline are his responsibility.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau said the executive admitted ignoring a 30-day notice issued by the labor inspector and ordering the payment of wages to 150 workers. It is understood that he is also wanted in connection with 7 other cases.

Authorities called for Chawengsak’s arrest following complaints from employees saying they had not received their wages for 2 months. It is understood that the airline previously deferred payment of wages for more than 8 months. 150 workers filed a formal complaint with Don Mueang police and also contacted the media, asking them to pressure the airline to pay the money owed.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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