The minimum daily wage in Thailand

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The minimum daily wage in Thailand

After intense debate, committee fails to reach consensus on the extent of hikes.

A COMMITTEE tasked with setting the country’s minimum wages has postponed its decision to January 17 after failing to reach agreement on the proposed hike. Meanwhile, a national workers’ rights group is insisting that the pay rate is raised to Bt360 per day nationwide.

The current daily minimum wage nationwide is Bt310 It was earlier reported that the minimum wage hike would range from Bt2 to Bt15 per day depending on geographical areas.

Jarin Chakkapak, the permanent secretary of the Labour Ministry who chairs the tripartite minimum wage committee, said wage hikes proposed by each of the provinces varied widely, so there was no consensus on an appropriate minimum wage. He said the committee would meet again next Wednesday and there would definitely be a rise in the minimum wage this year.

The nationwide wage was raised from Bt300 to Bt310 last year following a three-year break from 2014-2016. The new wage levels have to be acceptable to both employers and employees, he said, declining to comment on the reports of a Bt2 to Bt15 per day increase depending on the geographic area. The cost of living, inflation rate, production costs, productivity and GDP growth were among the factors used in calculating the new minimum wage, he said.

In addition, the committee would take into account wages in neighbouring countries. According to Jarin, minimum wages should be based on provincial economic indicators such as GDP as well as labour demand in each of the provinces.

He said some provinces, such as Bueng Kan, had proposed a high wage rise due to their relatively small population, so there was a significant discrepancy in the proposed minimum wage at this stage. Charlie Loisoong, the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee’s deputy chairman, said there was an intense debate yesterday over the exact rate of the new minimum wage.

“I was assured that there would be a minimum wage raise, but the increase would not be uniform countrywide,” Charlie said. “We don’t know how much the government will increase the minimum wage in each province, but we insist that if there is only a small raise, it cannot improve the workers’ financial condition.” He emphasised that the workers’ rights groups still insisted that the minimum wage is increased to Bt360 nationwide for each individual worker and to a higher rate for workers who have family members, in order to meet the higher cost of living and inflation rate.

“There is still ongoing debate over how much the minimum wage should rise and we will carry on our campaign to have sufficient wages for every worker and their family members,” he said. He also urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to exercise his authority under Article 44 of the charter to settle the wage dispute if there was no consensus.

Charlie also proposed that provincial minimum wage committees should be abolished and that academic institutes such as the Thailand Development Research Institute should be commissioned to undertake a detailed study on |appropriate minimum wages in Thailand.

Source: Nation

  • Tony Akhurst

    PATHETIC I would like to see those baboons who make all these decisions live on the minimum wage.

    • Chris Snell

      It certainly is a country of extreams

  • Charles Baht Esquire

    I support a higher minimum wage the hard working decent Thai folk deserve more then a miserly 360 baht a day make it at least 50 baht a day and reduce the hours they have to work each too. The cretin whining cheap Charlie English fat Dunder heads will just have to pay a little extra for their daily and evening beer bar chang beer swilling swirling sessions that’s all .

    • Angry Bloke

      “Thick Cut”… 55555555555 Brilliant

    • gary

      Thinking about those fat sweaty men again?. How do you manage to type with your left hand jerking so much? Your keyboard must have more bodily fluids on it than a hospital bedpan.

    • Kim Jong un

      Yes I agree that you should pay the beach road ladyboys a bit extra, after all you are a fat, ugly, smelly tramp

    • foreskin

      I reckon we ought to start a competition, the first to locate Charlie No Baht, and his lover,The Mexican Bum Bandit and punch their lights out, wins a beer from the rest of us.

      • Charles Baht Esquire

        i doubt you would be to much to lose any sleep over .

    • Charles Baht Trump

      The cheap charlie 25 baht chang swirliers could care less about how much Thai’s make as they only care and raping and murdering, stealing and lying, fighting and pillaging, the pedo poms need to be banned from Thailand until they can start behaving like Americans.

      • Charles Baht Esquire.

        Yes very true indeed , The pedo Jack the Ripper murdering Poms are not good role models it’s time for the Thai’s to Americanize .

  • Ricksanchez

    Well, we all know the pedo Brits will work for 50 baht a day. If the scum Brits aren’t raping and murdering hard working decent Thai people they are under cutting them in the work place. However cheap 50 baht may seem I still think it’s too much to pay a pedo Brit to do anything other than kill themselves.

    • gary

      The have to get in quick before the Mexicans beat them to it?

    • Charles Baht Esquire

      These goon drunkard murderers the English should be made to pay a higher rate of tax in Thailand to pay for all the carnage and destruction they leave in there wake and make restitution to all the families of the young Thai girls these Brit thugs have murdered in Thailand .

    • David

      Don’t forget the smelly Indian c nts

  • Sly

    Salary increases should be based on productivity only. A 50% pay cut is in order to compensate for half the work day they spend on their smart phones. Funny how everyone is so poor but can afford one of these?

  • USPatriot

    It should be 500 baht a day. How many of the people making the decision on pay… live on what they make without extra compensation .

    • Guest

      And they should enforce controls to be sure that no illegal immigrants coming from dirt-poor countries are taking over the jobs at a discounted price (like this illegal immigrant from England who was working for 50 a day)

      • Kim Jong un

        Do you have proof that you are the real pedo guest

  • Sir Winston Somchai

    They need to increase it. And for all the thick headed Brits who are complaining about thais playing on their phones get with the times you can buy a smartphone now for a few thousand baht you idiot. And why would anyone work a full day day at that rate it’s like they used to say in the USSR “we pretend to work and they pretend to pay us”.

  • Ken Anderson

    360 bt per day!! That is far more than most Thai men are worth. Come to that, a lot of the tarts as well.

    • andrew hall

      certainly a great deal more than you deserve…. vile c**t

      • foreskin

        Well said, 36 satang would be more than the despicable Anderson is worth.

      • Ken Anderson

        For once you got something right!!
        Since selling my business soon after my 40th birthday and ceasing work all together soon after, I have neither the need or desire to earn anything.

  • private pile

    Not a suprise so many girls choose to get work in pattaya

  • Mike Murphy

    the minimum is what ever desperate people will work for.

    • Keinemultikulti

      And will get for it. Sad but true.

  • soidog

    Paying people next to nothing causes all sorts of problems,why work when tomming,thieving,drug dealing are hugely remunerative? why bother buying a car, getting insurance,maintaining a vehicle
    getting a licence when six on a bike is condoned? because the government knows the only answer is to pay a decent living wage and they dont like that idea.

  • JACK

    What is the minimum wage in North Korea?

    • Charles Baht Esquire

      What’s that to to do with the price tea in China ?

      • Charles Baht Trump

        Same thing it has to do the price of a cheap charlie chang in Angeles CIty.

        • Charles Baht Esquire.

          i guess the same applies for Mango square in Cebu .