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Wage boost is far from a cure-all

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  • Writer: Prapas Pintobtaeng
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From the Thaksin Shinawatra government to the one led by his sister, Yingluck, the 300-baht minimum wage policy is probably the populist policy that most responds to the way of life of people in the lower rungs of society, especially the rural poor. 

A worker pulls a cart across a road near Klong Toey market. Being an informal worker means he might not benefit from the 300-baht minimum wage policy. PATIPAT JANTHONG

Why? Because the main income of the poor no longer comes from farming, but from daily wages in the informal sector. Other populist policies concerning agriculture therefore have little impact on these people's way of life that has now changed.

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