Illegal labourers arrested on Phuket

28 illegal Burmese workers were arrested on the site of the homeWorks construction project on the Thai island of Phuket after an anonymous tip-off led police to the building site. The fact that illegal Burmese workers play a significant role in the island’s workforce is no secret, and the news of these arrests follows last month’s incident where 54 would-be illegal immigrants suffocated on their way to the island last month.

The informant told police that RTH Construction Co, the contractors responsible for building the homeWorks complex were employing illegal workers, and while some workers were without work permits, others were in possession of permits that allowed them to work solely for another employer.

The workers without entry papers will be deported, while the others will face a fine, said local Police. RTH Construction faces charges of its own.

The governor of Phuket, Niran Kalayanamit, warned that in the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, more illegal workers could be expected to try to enter Thailand to find work.

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