By Suphot Kaewkasi
Tha Maka police superintendent Colonel Natthawuth Kantayot assigned 10 officers to record their individual complaints while Immigration Police 3 superintendent Colonel Samran Klanma, provincial labour officials and other agencies provided assistance.
Lawyer Atchariya Ruangrattanapong, chairman of a crime victims’ assistance club and representing the workers, accused Vita Food Factory (1989) Ltd, which has registered capital of Bt400 million and several subsidiaries, of unfair treatment in withholding their wages.
He said the workers had been unsuccessful in a prior complaint to other agencies against the company, filed under the Labour Protection Act, so they were now asking that criminal charges be brought against Vita’s executives under the Human Trafficking Suppression and Prevention Act.
As of publication time on Thursday, police had been unable to contact any executives in a bid to arrange negotiations.