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    Thai Daily Minimum Wage Raised. 1-8tbh increase.

    Local minimum wage raised Bt1-Bt8
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    Thai workers across the country are enjoying a pay rise as official minimum wages have been increased by Bt1-Bt8 per day depending on the zones.

    The Central Wage Committee today approved a rise in 71 provinces, having workers in Ayutthaya enjoying the biggest increase and workers in seven provinces receiving only Bt1.
    After a 2-hour discussion, the committee at its third meeting based the decision on the different levels of costs of living across the country and the inflation rate of 5 per cent.
    Workers in Ayutthaya where a large number of industrial plants are located will see their minimum daily wage raised from Bt173 to Bt181.

    The Cabinet will consider the new minimum wage, which will be effective on January 1 as a New Year gift to all workers.

    Samart Angwarawong, honourary chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries Khon Kaen where the minimum wage is raised Bt3 to Bt157, opposed to the move, saying that it would hit the economy. He noted that though overall economic outlook is brighter, the bullishness is concentrated in some areas.

    "Bangkok and peripheral provinces would be the first to feel the pinch from any crisis, but the impacts would be seen here in Khon Kaen a year later. Vice versa, when Bangkok and peripheral provinces see improvement, it would take a year for Khon Kaen. Right now, people here tighten their belt," he said.

    He noted that some employers may affect employment in the province, and the wage increase may lead to layoffs.

    Gotta like the Khon Kaen fucknob whining about giving a 3thb per day increase.

    May he have to work for 157b a day in order to survive.

    And wow, 7 provinces will get 1 whole baht more per day. Brilliant.

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    inflation rate of 5 per cent.

    is raised Bt3 to Bt157,
    Somehow I don't think 3b = 5% of 154.

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    And wow, 7 provinces will get 1 whole baht more per day
    Is nominal obviously but not really that surprising given the situation of the last year.

    We just finalised bonuses and cost-of-living increases today actually; 7 - 9% across the board for the latter.

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    The Cabinet will consider the new minimum wage, which will be effective on January 1 as a New Year gift to all workers.
    oh joy .........................

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    If your business cannot stand meager increases like these then how fragile is your business?
    Some years ago I was working at a company in the UK.
    When pay rise time was approaching all of us working there got a letter saying that the company had had a bad year and could not afford any pay rises which we initially accepted.
    3 days later the two directors turned up with brand new cars totaling nearly 100K
    This led to lay off, we all walked out in disgust.
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    Does this apply to s/t and l/t rates too? Just asking for a friend like.

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    Prolly not. Just flip 'em 1bht tip as you leave crippen.

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    The wages committee will not raise the minimum wage just because the Ministry of Commerce had reported last month’s inflation rate at 3.7 per cent, the chairman and labour permanent secretary Somchai Chumrat said on Wednesday.

    Minimum wage won't be raised

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    yup. put it in the other hole now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao View Post
    inflation rate of 5 per cent.

    is raised Bt3 to Bt157,
    Somehow I don't think 3b = 5% of 154.



    7 or 8 baht.

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    Minimum wage to increase by April 2011

    Minimum wage to increase by April 2011 : National News Bureau of Thailand

    Minimum wage to increase by April 2011

    BANGKOK, 16 August 2010 (NNT) – The Government has targeted the new minimum wage to affect the low-income Thai workers by April 2011.

    According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Watchara Kanikar, the Cabinet on Monday agreed to adjust the minimum wage payment for Thai workers to an average 250 THB per day, as proposed by the Ministry of Labor.

    However, Secretary-General to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), Ampon Kittiampon calls on the government for a thorough consideration of the matter as an increase in wage may affect the rate of inflation in the future.




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    That is a massive increase over 2010 minimum wages which are currently from 206 THB / Day in Bangkok down to 151 THB / Day
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    Yep. And just in time for an election.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clogiron
    That is a massive increase over 2010 minimum wages which are currently from 206 THB / Day in Bangkok down to 151 THB / Day
    Yes, that massive increase will improve the average workers lot by, if they work 7 days a week, nearly 1,300 baht per month; still less than 1 hour work for me - and the Sino-bkk lot earn a lot more than me. Just to put it in perspective.

    In a nation that has a lot of money, it's shameful that so many earn so little, but that's what the Bkk lot are about; amassing all the wealth for their own little group whilst the majority struggle by best they can.

    Having said that, I fully support the efforts by the Dems (whatever their motivation...) if it makes a real difference to people's lives. How well thought through it is, I'm not sure. Such huge efforts are needed in attacking the social disparity that a lot more needs to be done. But, a start must be made, so well done.

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    ^Good post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clogiron
    That is a massive increase over 2010 minimum wages which are currently from 206 THB / Day in Bangkok down to 151 THB / Day
    Yes, that massive increase will improve the average workers lot by, if they work 7 days a week, nearly 1,300 baht per month; still less than 1 hour work for me - and the Sino-bkk lot earn a lot more than me. Just to put it in perspective.

    In a nation that has a lot of money, it's shameful that so many earn so little, but that's what the Bkk lot are about; amassing all the wealth for their own little group whilst the majority struggle by best they can.
    Yes because Thailand is so different from the rest of the world.....

    Distribution of wealth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    In the United States


    In the United States at the end of 2001, 10% of the population owned 71% of the wealth and the top 1% owned 38%. On the other hand, the bottom 40% owned less than 1% of the nation's wealth.[14]

    According to this 2006 study by the Federal Reserve System, from 1989 to 2004, the distribution in the United States had been changing with indications there was a greater concentration of wealth held by the top 10% and top 1% of the population.[1]




    Thailand's shocking inequity statistics

    Thailand's shocking inequity statistics

    Posted by Sanitsuda Ekachai

    - The top 20% own 69% of the country's assets while the bottom 20% own only 1%.


    Suddenly the distribution of wealth doesn't look quite so bad here....it's even worse in the USA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    if they work 7 days a week, nearly 1,300 baht per month;
    I would put it a lot higher than that, your 1,300 / month seems to be based on BKK minimum wage of 208 THB rising to 250 THB / day rather than the Average minimum wage as mentioned in the article. I would have thought that 185 THB / day was closer to the national average minimum wage and to achieve an average of 250 would require an increase of 35% across the board. For someone working a 6 day week on average minimum an increase of 1690 THB / Month and 1890 THB for a BKK worker.



    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Having said that, I fully support the efforts by the Dems (whatever their motivation...) if it makes a real difference to people's lives. How well thought through it is, I'm not sure.
    My thoughts exactly, hence my initial comment about it being a massive increase. How much thought has there been behind the proposals, has the impact of inflation been considered as you can bet your bottom Baht on the fact when employers have a wage bill hike of 35%, employers such as Lotus and 7-11, the cost will be passed on to us the consumer.

    I cannot make my mind up if this is the Dems putting forward a "Populist Policy", something previous governments have often been accused of, or if it is a sustainable policy that the Thai economy can absorb and is a small step in the right direction. Only time will tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clogiron
    I cannot make my mind up if this is the Dems putting forward a "Populist Policy", something previous governments have often been accused of, or if it is a sustainable policy that the Thai economy can absorb and is a small step in the right direction. Only time will tell.
    Yeah, I agree. &, I'm not sure too, I hope the latter cause the people need to move forward and if this comes at a minute cost to the better off then so be it.


    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Yes because Thailand is so different from the rest of the world.....
    SD, what has got into you? It is not black and white. You do not have to disagree with everything I say. We are not mortal enemies. Relax mate, have a beer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Yes because Thailand is so different from the rest of the world.....
    SD, what has got into you? It is not black and white. You do not have to disagree with everything I say. We are not mortal enemies. Relax mate, have a beer...
    Nothing has gotten into me.

    I don't disagree with everything you write.

    Rather an odd response BB. Is this an example of you undertaking "linguistic" analysis again or a more basic error in interpretation of intent?

    However, if you are going to post things on a public forum, be prepared to be called on it.

    Some folks might actually believe what you write as gospel...

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    My God you're right...you don't think that Mandy's lurking in Thailand's parliament wing's do you?

    Lets face it Mandy Pandy's was an expert when it came to dreaming up pre election vote buying schemes.

    And although I'm not sure... I have heard rumours that Mandelson's a frequent visitor to Thailand, but that may be a rumour? Or it may be worth a separate post, not sure!

    Anyway I'm with you on this party, party, party lets have another bent election soon they're so much more fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    The top 20% own 69% of the country's assets while the bottom 20% own only 1%.
    Don't forget the TIT factor. Declared assets can be very different to actual assets in the Land of Slimes. I genuinely doubt that statistic, frankly.

    Incidentally, does anyone know when the last increase in minimum wages happened in Thailand?

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    Last increase was Jan 1, 2010. Was not much and 5 provinces did not get increase at all.
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    Will the Democrat strongholds receive a bigger increase for their support?

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    Bangkok rates are usually higher because the cost of living is higher. Logic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Bangkok rates are usually higher because the cost of living is higher. Logic.
    Not for the rest of planet Earth.

    I'd love to see a new minimum wage of 5 pounds in London, but only two pounds fifty in Newcastle because the cost of living is cheaper... I wonder how that would go down with the locals.

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