Myanmar workers may gain from Thai basic wage hike

The Thai tripartite committee, which includes employers, workers and government representatives in Thailand decided on January 17 to add from 5 to 22 baht to the minimum wage, according to the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) Thursday.

“Thailand has no due date for raising salaries. It used to raise wages to reflect the current commodity prices and demands of labour organisations” U Aung Kyaw of the MWRN told The Myanmar Times Thursday.

The committee agreed to add 5 to 22 baht to the current wage of workers, with variations according to region in Thailand. The Thai ministry of Labour has to submit the proposed wage increase to the Thai cabinet meeting for approval.

“The increase rates are different from the previous time. Phuket, Chonburi and other beach areas will receive at least 330 baht a day because they have a lot of tourist zones and construction sites,” U Aung Kyaw said.

All workers from the regions of Bangkok, Thonburi, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pahtum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon and Chachoengsao will receive 325 baht as the second highest minimum daily wage.

U Aung Kyaw added that all workers, including foreign workers, will benefit from the raise.

Before the final approval of the tripartite committee, Thai employers wanted to increase the minimum wage by 5 to 15 baht, whereas labour organisations were demanding 360 baht as the minimum daily wage nationwide, according to MWRN.

Currently, over 10,000 Myanmar workers depart for Thailand monthly due to higher wages, and an estimated four million Myanmar migrant workers live and work in Thailand.

The National Minimum Wage Committee of Myanmar has pre-approved K4800 as the minimum daily wages and a committee has also been working on reviewing the minimum wage within 60 days in Myanmar, before April.

Meanwhile, most labour organisations and labour unions have submitted objection letters because they are not satisfied with a basic daily wage of K4800.

Myanmar labour organisations have been demanding a basic wage since 2012 and Myanmar settled on K3600 as the first minimum daily wage in September 2015.

Source: Myanmar Times

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