No bonus pay allowed for state-run firms under Thai transport ministry: minister

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BANGKOK, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said any state firms under the ministry to give a bonus pay to their personnel for this year is not allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saksayam confirmed on Friday he has strongly advised executive officials of the Ministry of Transport's 11 state firms against paying a yearly bonus to their respective personnel, otherwise, he would certainly call on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to consider dismissing them.

His comments followed reported plans of several profit-making state owned firms under the ministry to provide bonus pays to their employees this year.

The transport minister commented the government is seeking 1 trillion baht (about 31.47 billion U.S. dollars) in loans to finance varied social and economic relief and restoration measures in relation to the pandemic, and save costs, particularly involving unnecessary expenditure such as bonuses.

The Prayut government would be heavily lambasted if bonus pays were still provided to employees of the state owned firms under the pandemic-related circumstances, he added.

Among the 11 state firms of the Ministry of Transport, several have reportedly earned profits, including the Airports Of Thailand, which has earned some 25 billion baht (about 794 million U.S. dollars) in profit and a seven-month bonus has been provided to its employees last year. Enditem

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