Officials in Phuket have visited a number of nightlife venues on Patong’s popular Bangla Road, checking that foreign workers have valid work permits. Immigration officials confirmed they found “no issues” and all foreign workers were legally employed.
According to the report, Phuket immigration officers, led by Phuket Provincial Deputy Commander Colonel Akanit Danpitaksart visited some of Patong’s most famous nightclubs, including Hollywood Phuket, Sugar, Illuzion, Barfunk Phuket and the New York Live Music Bar. Arkanit has confirmed no foreigners were found to be working illegally.
“We have not found any illegal workers for those who are foreign singers, musicians, and DJs. They all have legal work permits.”
The Phuket Express reported that the checks on foreign workers in the nightlife industry were prompted by complaints from a number of Thai nationals that foreigners were working such jobs illegally, and taking their jobs. A representative of the disgruntled Thai workers, Prompiriya Thamuppatam, filed an official complaint, claiming that foreign workers were taking their jobs and working without authorisation.
However, despite officials checking several venues across the island in an attempt to find the illegal workers, none have so far been found.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express