October 5, 2012—The Solidarity Center mourns the unexpected passing of Charan Komkhumtot, better known as Bualoi. Brother Bualoi worked for 13 years as an organizer for the Confederation of Thai Electrical Appliances, Electronic, Automobile and Metalworkers (TEAM), a longtime Solidarity Center partner.
Prior to joining TEAM as an organizer, Bualoi served as president of the Seri Palko Plastic Workers’ Union. He passed away at the age of 51 on October 2 as a result of complications following heart surgery. He is survived by his wife and 14 year-old daughter. Nearly 1,000 workers and union activists attended his funeral.