A representative of entertainment workers filed a letter to relevant officials to suppress alleged illegal foreign workers.
Mr. Prompiriya Thamuppatam, 37, went to the Damrongtham Center Phuket Office (Ombudsman’s offices) with a letter on August 5th, in the early afternoon.
Mr. Prampiriya stated via the letter, “There are many foreigners who are using tourist visas and working at entertainment venues in Phuket as DJs, singers, musicians, dancers, receptionists, waiters, waitresses, bartenders, and bar managers. They don’t have work permits. Many of them have overstayed for many years but no officers have checked on these issues. Thai workers have been affected by this as many of us are unemployed and potential jobs are being filled by foreigners. We have no issue with legally employed, tax-paying foreign workers, but we do have issues with illegal workers taking much-needed jobs from Thai nationals.”
The Phuket Provincial Labor Office Director Mr. Pichit Singthongkam told The Phuket Express, “We will report these issues to relevant officers for an investigation.”