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Thailand’s Ministry of Labour Backtracks on the Lowering of the Minimum Wage



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BANGKOK – Thailand’s Ministry of Labor deputy secretary,  Arak Prommanee says the ministry has no immediate plans to revoke the former government’s minimum wage policy, despite media reports from the weekend that suggested otherwise.

Arak Prommanee reported that that an earlier statement that the committee on labor wage had reached a consensus to abolish the national 300 baht minimum wage, and will introduce a floating system of wage, is not true.

He was referring to news outlets that quoted Nakhon Silpa-archa, the secretary of the Ministry of Labor, on 5 June as saying that the committee is considering five options for changing the national minimum wage. The alternatives include receiving proposals from subcommittees in each province, floating the wage, fixing the wage on economic development rate, fixing the rate as proposed by industry groups, and other “mixed measures.”

Arak Prommanee  clarified today that there has been no formal decision to revoke the former government’s policy and that the Ministry’s committee on labor wages will decide on the matter this October, he said. Read More…

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