Labor policy and administration

Labour Ministry readying more help

The Labour Ministry will next week ask the cabinet to approve a fresh proposal on financial aid for another group of 800,000 workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Labour Minister MR Chatu Mongol Sonakul.He said these workers are not covered by the relief ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Minimum wage waive floated to sustain SMEs

The government is being advised to waive the daily minimum wage requirement for six months to help entrepreneurs maintain employment during the pandemic.Thanit Sorat, vice-chairman of the National Labour Development Advisory Council, said the council estimated that the country’s total unemployed could reach 9-10 million ...

Chatrudee Theparat

Respect labour rights to avert sanction

Apart from the baht getting stronger, Thai exports will suffer another big blow when the United States cuts Thailand’s duty-free trade privileges due to the poor protection of workers’ rights.From April, the suspension of trade privileges for Thailand under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) ...

Yongyuth Chalamwong & Ratree Prasomsup

Workers to feel pinch of grinding economy

Workers’ wages won’t stretch very far this year amid a protracted economic slowdown that will hit pockets hard, say experts and labour leaders.“Save wages to pay off debts and work overtime to make ends meet”, is advice that sums up the outlook for workers this ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Wage hike offers only small relief

The new minimum daily wage rate, with a few baht increase depending on location, will take effect as of Wednesday in what is dubbed a tiny new year’s gift for labourers.The new structure which is announced in the Royal Gazette on Friday will see minimum ...


SMEs push back on wage hike

Smaller firms may delay investment and recruitment next year because of the recent minimum wage increase of 5-6 baht per day, says the Federation of Thai SMEs.Last Friday, the national wage committee agreed to hike the daily minimum wage from 308-330 baht to 313-336 baht. ...

Lamonphet Apisitniran

Working group urges Thailand to address labor abuses in wake of GSP suspension

In the wake of the US government suspending billions of dollars in trade preferences for Thailand due to worker rights issues, organizations participating in the Seafood Working Group released a statement on Human Rights Day strongly urging the Thai government to undertake the necessary reforms ...

No adverse impacts on businesses from minimum wage hike, says expert

An increase in the minimum wage by Bt5 to Bt6 will neither hike the cost liability for entrepreneurs nor increase inflation, Anusorn Tamajai, the director of the Economic and Business Research Centre for Reform at Rangsit University’s Institute of Economics, said yesterday (December 8).“An increase ...

The Nation Reporter

Minimum wage to rise next month

The national wage committee agreed on Friday to increase the minimum daily wage by 5-6 baht, from 308-330 baht to 313-336 baht, and will propose the rise to cabinet for effect from Jan 1.Unskilled workers in most provinces will be entitled to 315-320 baht a ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

PM upbeat in spite of job losses

The government is trying to find ways to help workers who have been laid off after nearly 1,400 factories closed down during the past 11 months, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday.The government also pointed to more than 2,000 new factories having opened over ...

Mongkol Bangprapa

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