The three provinces in the restive Deep South will have the lowest minimum wage in the country, according to an announcement by the Labour Ministry.
Workers in Thailand urged the authorities to raise the minimum wage nationwide. On 14 September 2016, about 100 people from the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee (TLSC) and its networks submitted a petition to ML Puntrik Smiti, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, voicelabour.org reported. The workers want the minimum wage to be raised to 360 baht (about 10 USD) instead of 300 baht per day currently.
The Thai minimum wage cannot support three people, and therefore does not meet international standards, says a leading research institute. The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) states that the Thai minimum wage of 300 baht a day does not meet International Labour Organization (ILO) standards of being sufficient to support three people. On Monday July 6, Yongyuth Chalamwong, labour development research director at TDRI, stated that three-person families in 61 provinces were at risk of dropping below the poverty line s