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No immediate increase in daily wage, workers told

By THE NATION

 

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Labour Minister Chatu Mongol Sonakul said on Wednesday that raising the minimum daily labour wage to Bt400 as promised by some coalition parties could not be implemented immediately but would first need to be considered by the tripartite national wage committee.

 

He added that the wage hike would have an impact on many sectors and affect both employers and the macroeconomy.

 

He personally supports the wage hike for all workers but feels it should be done in increments. 

 

Various political parties proposed minimum wage hikes during the election campaign, among them the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party, which promised to bump up the daily wage to Bt400-Bt425.

 

In March the Federation of Thai Industry (FTI) urged the incoming government to work more closely with the private sector in crafting key economic policies, stating that further hikes in the minimum wage – a policy proposed by several political parties – would hurt the low-income sector and be harmful to the economy.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30373099

 

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Why are these parties that proposed the wage increase in their election platform still in the governing coalition?

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And so the common Thai worker gets his or her due again. But then again they voted for these people. This reminds me of a story a friend once told me. He (farang friend) visited his Issan in laws and was in a heated political discussion with his Thai father in law about the merits of former PM Taksin (the male, not his hot sister). His father in law finally admitted that Taksin was a crook, but then added that he would still vote for him. Som Nam Na

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10 minutes ago, mikebell said:

1st they have to sort out a 400 baht hourly increase for members of the cabinet before they get round to the workers.

I think the 400 baht was a "daily" wage, not an hourly one. Big difference. Most common Thai workers work 10 to 12 hour days/nights. 4000 to 4800 baht a day/night puts them in go go girl revenue without having to hustle drinks-unless they want to.

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If you ask me, looking at the Thai economy, it is more likely for them to settle on a lower wage than a higher one soon. Certainly if it comes to farming with the worst drought in a decade.

If Thais were to work at proper speed, I could pay them double or triple too. 

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And in the meantime the Thai employees grind out a meager living 10 to 12 hours six days a week, getting deeper into debt as prices rise. Politicians are nothing more than a lying bunch of thieves.

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2 hours ago, mikebell said:

1st they have to sort out a 400 baht hourly increase for members of the cabinet before they get round to the workers.

 

2 hours ago, bronzedude said:

I think the 400 baht was a "daily" wage, not an hourly one. Big difference. Most common Thai workers work 10 to 12 hour days/nights. 4000 to 4800 baht a day/night puts them in go go girl revenue without having to hustle drinks-unless they want to.

I think you need to read his quote more carefully as he is talking about cabinet ministers!

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