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Goodbye to Thailand’s biggest gold mine

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Mining company lays off over 1,000 workers
15/12/2016
Apinya Wipatayotin, Achara Ashayagachat & AP

Thailand’s biggest gold mine is closing from January 1st next year.

The company will lay off more than 1,000 workers.

The closing comes in response to the regime’s latest latest (adj) Meaning: newest; most recent. Section 44 order to suspend operations of all gold mines (read previous articles.

1,004 PEOPLE LOST THEIR JOBS

Following the order, some 1,004 employees have received lay off letters with a compensation package of up to 300 days’ pay for those who have been with the company for at least 10 years.

A company source said most of those who were laid off are locals who were hired to work at the gold mining site.

Meanwhile, some office workers such as accounting and mining rehabilitating staff remained employed

SECTION 44 USED TO CLOSE GOLD MINES

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday exercised his power under Section 44 of the interim charter to issue an order to suspend gold mine operations from Jan 1.

The order also stops authorities from issuing and renewing gold mine exploration or concession licences.

According to the order, the move aimed to tackle conflicts between residents and gold mine operators, and the environmental and health problems linked to gold mine operations in various areas.

The order also requires the ministry responsible to examine the problems and propose measures to tackle them as well as a coming up with a plan for managing gold resources. It also assigns the Labour Ministry to help workers affected by the order.

The cabinet previously suspended moves to renew the company’s metallurgical processing licence citing conflicts with the locals living near the mining site who said its activities have damaged their health and the environment.

However, to limit its impact, the cabinet allowed production to carry on until the end of this year.

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