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    Thailand : Minimum wage rise 'surprise'

    Minimum wage rise 'surprise'
    May 1, 2008

    Minimum wages are set to rise marginally later this month, but so will public bus fares and other necessities as Thais brace for a higher cost of living driven mainly by the increase in oil and other commodity prices.

    Labour Minister Uraiwan Thienthong said yesterday she expected a "surprise" on the minimum-wage rise. A decision will be made tomorrow by the Tripartite Wage Committee, representing employees, employers and the government.

    Workers have demanded a Bt5-Bt9 increase in their daily wage, which ranges from Bt144 to Bt194 depending on the province, with Bangkok currently paying the highest rate at Bt194.

    Labour Ministry permanent secretary Juthathawat Intharasuksri, who earlier chaired a meeting of the tripartite body, said the daily increase could be in the Bt5-Bt9 range.

    Udomsak Bupphanimitr, an organiser of today's May Day rally at the Royal Plaza, said the Tripartite Wage Committee should have made the decision on the wage raise on Tuesday.

    Udomsak also said Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej had displayed no interest in the welfare of wage earners, as he declined to preside over today's opening ceremony of the workers' rally.

    As for public bus fares, Land Transport deputy director-general Chairat Sa-nguanchuen said the government would shortly allow bus operators to raise fares to reflect higher operating costs.

    "The last time we adjusted the fares was October 2007, when diesel was Bt27.30 per litre. Now, it has gone up to Bt33.30 per litre, a rise of Bt6 or more than 20 per cent," he said.

    Chairat said a proper decision on fare increases could be made on May 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Udomsak also said Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej had displayed no interest in the welfare of wage earners, as he declined to preside over today's opening ceremony of the workers' rally.
    what does this clown actually do?

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    ^ will get more than a 9 bht/day rise anyway

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    So, this would be a 5% wage increase.

    Nowhere near reflecting the rise in gas and basic food.

    Still, not bad, considering how much the industry lobbies usually protest for much less increase.

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    Sucks - that's why I'm geting a new job to fulfill the expenses.

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    ^ always looking for a new secretary, send me your pic, resume and salary expectations

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    Are you serious?

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    This sort of thing really drives home the "wealth gap"
    5-9 baht a day increase!! Whatever next??

    The daily rate would then just about cover a couple of beers , packet of cigarettes and a litre of petrol for most of us.

    These people live on that and also send cash home!!

    Amazing !

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon
    Are you serious?
    He got all excited, since you posted "sucks", twice.

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    ^ That's what I thought though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    Quote: Originally Posted by sharon Are you serious? He got all excited, since you posted "sucks", twice.

    but wait till he finds out that you really are female, I fear the offer will disappear Sharon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon
    Are you serious?
    absolutely, what qualifications do you have ? you can always PM me,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    what qualifications do you have ?
    female, thai, speaks broken english....










    sorry Sharon, just joking

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    Workers have demanded a Bt5-Bt9 increase in their daily wage, which ranges from Bt144 to Bt194 depending on the province, with Bangkok currently paying the highest rate at Bt194.


    Makes you think how much the migrant worker gets

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    EDITORIAL

    Nine baht is not too much
    Thursday May 01, 2008

    Wage earners do not appear to be in high spirits for the Labour Day celebrations today. Apparently they are very unhappy that their hopes for a minimal wage adjustment _ to just nine baht more a day _ have been dashed simply because four employer representatives on the tripartite Central Wage Committee failed to show up for the meeting, resulting in the committee falling short of the required quorum.

    The conduct of the four employer representatives who failed to show up, without prior notification of their absence (it was reported they were on overseas trips) does not augur well for good labour relations.

    The Labour Ministry must accept some of the blame for having failed to notify committee members in advance to make sure that at least enough of them attended the meeting to decide on the demand for a wage increase.

    The employers' concern that a wage adjustment would add to their rising production costs (already fuelled by rising oil prices) and make their products less competitive abroad, is justified.

    But they cannot overlook the plight facing workers, which is more serious and immediate. The substantial rise in the cost of living, evident in the rising prices of food, transport and other necessities, has made it almost impossible for a worker who earns a minimum wage of 195 baht a day, to make ends meet, let alone raise a family.

    The workers' demand for a standard nine-baht per day increase to be enforced across the country is very fair and decent. The traditional practice of applying different minimum wages in different zones is obsolete and does not reflect the realities. Workers in Chiang Rai or Mae Hong Son who receive less than their colleagues in Bangkok, often have to pay more for the same consumer products they buy in their hometowns as they have to bear the higher transportation costs, although they pay less on housing. Thus it is unfair that they are paid less than workers in Bangkok. Also, the different rates cause a drainage of workers from one province to another which offers higher rates, resulting in a shortage of workforce in the former.

    Even with the current meagre minimum wage, many employers refuse to honour the wage rates and resort to tricks to circumvent the law. One popular trick is to make use of the service of sub-contractors, who provide employers with the needed workforce.

    As these sub-contracted workers are not regarded as their direct employees, the employers are not obliged to follow the minimum wage law. Also, they are not obliged to provide them with any fringe benefits as required by law.

    Thanks to the military-installed National Legislative Assembly prior to the elections last December, a law was enacted and will come into force on May 27 which aims to protect sub-contracted wage earners and to prevent employers from taking advantage of them. Hopefully, the law will help improve the livelihood of these exploited workers.

    Safety standards at work is another crucial area still ignored by many unscrupulous employers who exploit workers, particular migrants from neighbouring countries. It is indeed a shame that the minimum wage law is not applied to these workers, although they do the same jobs as Thais and probably work harder.
    The workers are not demanding too much. The nine-baht increase they seek is minuscule, not enough even for a bowl of noodles. But it will have a positive effect on the morale and attitude of workers towards their jobs, which in turn can only benefit the employers.

    bangkokpost.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    female, thai, speaks broken english....
    I think Sharons grasp of the English language is better than yours

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    what does this clown actually do?
    He cooks on telly.

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    wish i could film him to my script

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    four employer representatives on the tripartite Central Wage Committee failed to show up for the meeting, resulting in the committee falling short of the required quorum.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    The Labour Ministry must accept some of the blame for having failed to notify committee members in advance to make sure that at least enough of them attended the meeting to decide on the demand for a wage increase.
    A typical Thai farce...

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    Wage panel approves minimum daily wage increase



    BANGKOK, May 2 (TNA) A committee of Thailand's workers, employers and government agency representatives on Friday approved new minimum daily wage increases from two to 11 baht nationwide with a 9 baht increase recommended for metropolitan Bangkok, according to Permanent Secretary for Labour Chuthatawat Indrasuksri.

    Speaking after the meeting comprised of representatives from employer, employee and public sectors, Mr. Chuthatawat, who is also a Committee chair, said the meeting agreed to increase minimum daily wages, taking effect from June 1.

    The northern province of Chiang Rai topped the list with an 11 baht boost because there was no wage increase in the province last year, and the lowest increase was a 2 baht add-on for the provinces of Sukhothai, Uttaradit and Chaiyaphum.

    Nine baht increases were approved for nine provinces including the capital Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Chiang Mai, Saraburi and Ubon Ratchathani, he said.

    The remaining 64 provinces received increases of between 3 to 8 baht, Mr. Chuthatawat said, noting that all the increases were considered and decided based on an inflation rate of 5 per cent.

    The employee representatives earlier wanted a nationwide increase to a standardised 233 baht to cushion spiraling inflation and the high cost of living. (TNA)-E003, E006

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    Shit, I pay my workers way to much, better show them these numbers from Bangkok....

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