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For the last two weeks the Labor Department has been operating from the Princeton Hotel, however today a limited workforce have returned to the offices in Din Daeng to begin to process the backlog of work permit applications.
Government offices in Bangkok continue to be besieged by anti-government protestors, however this is not only a problem in the capital, offices around the country are facing the same problems.
The People’s Democratic Reform Committee’s demonstrations, that have disrupted the governments infrastructure have left many foreign nationals in a position where they cannot obtain the permits and licenses they need to operate their businesses and work legally in Thailand.
In Bangkok the Board of Investment, the Industrial Work Department and the Labor Ministry have all been affected by the protests and have been forced to rent the Princeton Hotel in order to have a suitable, and safe environment for officials to work from.
The disruption to the Labor Ministry has caused a huge backlog of work and a long delay in work permits being issued to foreigners in Bangkok, as well as nationwide. It has been revealed that the Department’s nation computer server is located in offices that are currently under PDRC supporters occupation and this has meant that Labor offices have been unable to access the Department’s national database of foreign workers in order to process new work permit applications or renew existing work permits, leaving the whole system at a complete standstill.