Auto industry insists Thai jobs safe after Japan crisis


Employers in the automobile industry say they will not lay off workers and are trying to ensure they survive the repercussions from the situation in Japan.

Yongyuth Mentaphao, president of the Federation of Automotive Labour Unions, said the disaster has affected the auto industry in Thailand, a major base for car parts production, as certain parts have to be imported from Japan.

Plants in Japan could not produce car parts because of limitations imposed on electricity usage in Japan after last month's earthquake and tsunami and the continuing nuclear crisis.

This has affected the assembly line and workers in the car industry in Thailand, Mr Yongyuth said. There are about 500,000 workers in the Thai auto industry.
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