Minimum Wage to Rise by 5THB-10THB in 69 Thai Provinces

Minimum Wage to Rise by 5THB-10THB in 69 Thai Provinces
Minimum Wage to Rise by 5THB-10THB in 69 Thai Provinces

Minimum wages will rise to between 305 THB and 310 THB per day in 69 provinces from the current nationwide rate of 300 THB, effective from Jan. 1, 2017

Labour Ministry permanent secretary ML Puntrik Smiti said after chairing a meeting of the tripartite Central Wage Committee yesterday that the meeting approved rises of the minimum daily wage next year in 69 provinces, while the minimum in the other eight provinces will remain at Bt300. The wage in seven provinces – Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon and Phuket – will rise by 10 THB, while that in 13
provinces will increase by 8 THB, and in 49 provinces by 5 THB. The committee will submit its resolution to the Labour Ministry, which will forward it to the Cabinet. Chen Namchaisiri, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, said the organization agreed tha

t increases in the minimum wages should vary in each province. He said the proposed increases would probably be acceptable by employers in principle, but it needed to be considered whether the timing is suitable as the economic recovery is not yet certain. Although small and medium enterprises may be affected, overall employers would be able to adjust to the new figures. There have been no increases in the past three years.  Wanlop Kingchansilp, President of the Employers’ Confederation of Thai Business, said the new rates were based on economic data. Sombat Noiwa, an employees’ representative on the Central Wage Committee, said he would like the minimum wage to go up in all 77 provinces but the new figures were acceptable. – The Nation