Will Labor Unrest Push Thailand Onto The Slow Track?

Strikes and pay hikes spook business and slow growth

It ranks as one of the most bitter, violent strikes in Thai history. Starting five months ago, 600 workers at Thai Suzuki Motor Co. motorcycle factory near Bangkok walked off the assembly line, demanding better pay and benefits. Within weeks, both police and demonstrators had fired shots and an angry mob of strikers barricaded management inside the factory for four days. Police commandos, who had airdropped food via helicopter to the trapped Japanese and Thai executives, broke the siege.

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