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CLA approves extension for KRTC's Thai workers


The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) has approved an application by the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KRTC) to extend work permits for its 685 Thai laborers until October, a company spokesman said yesterday.

The work permit extension will accelerate the construction of Kaohsiung's mass rapid transit (MRT) system, KRTC said.

The MRT completion is scheduled for mid-2009. KRTC began to recruit Thai workers in 2003.

The number of Thai nationals working for the KRTC project reached a peak of 1,717 at one point, but the number has gradually declined since August 2005, when a group of Thai workers rioted in protest of the inhuman treatment they given.

The riot adversely affected KRTC's image, prompting the Kaohsiung City Council to pass a resolution demanding the city government see to it that KRTC no longer recruited foreign laborers after the existing contracts expire.

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