Dhara Dhevi Resort, a 5-star luxury hotel in Chiang Mai, has been the subject of complaints and protests as more than 200 employees claim they have been unpaid for their work dating back to February of this year.
The hotel, which is now out of business due to the coronavirus pandemic, owes as much as 10 million baht to employees who have taken to protesting outside of Chiang Mai Town Hall with signs asking where are their wages.
The group of around 70 former employees said they were representing more than 200 staff who have been unpaid or underpaid over the last four months for work that they completed.
They filed a complaint at the Chiang Mai Department of Labor and Welfare which was accepted and will be investigated.
The protests were led by Mangkorn Sorachai, a 50-year-old entertainment manager who had worked at the resort for more than eight years. He said that employees are seeking wages dating back to February of this year.
The Department of Labor and Welfare met with Mr. Sorachai and two other members of the protesting group to discuss the situation.
During the meeting, the officials were informed that staff had received only half of their wages in February and a quarter of their wages in March. They were not paid at all for work completed in April and May.
The amount owed to individual employees ranges from around 10,000 baht per month up to 100,000 baht per month, totaling more than 10 million baht in owed salaries.
Mr. Sorachai revealed that the business had been having problems even before the covid-19 pandemic and has shut down completely in early May. He said:
“The hotel started having problems when they changed the management team five years ago. Then, about two years ago they started having financial problems but the business continued on as usual. There were always customers so the employees believed that the resort had the necessary funds to pay their workers. One day, one of the managers informed employees that the hotel was not able to pay the salaries, but there was no explanation as to why. Hopefully, the group will receive updates within next week, if not we will take the issue to the Labour Court in search of justice”.
Source: Thai Residents