Do you believe the new 300-baht minimum daily wage will improve the efficiency of Thai businesses?

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Do you believe the new 300-baht minimum daily wage will improve the efficiency of Thai businesses?

Do you believe the new 300-baht minimum daily wage will improve the efficiency of Thai businesses?

  • Start date:Jan 5, 2013
  • End date:Jan 7, 2013
  • Voters: 1,942 times
  • Yes
    12.5%
  • No
    86.0%
  • I don't know
    1.4%

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  • Discussion 16 : 07 Jan 2013 at 16.3716

    Someone is messing around with the likes and dislikes – again. I don’t mind getting a few dislikes. But if the likes and dislikes begin like normal and then within a couple of hours all is upside down because someone added lots of dislikes to antigovernment comments then something is wrong. Or does anybody believe that overnight the red-shirts made the BP their favorite news source? Is someone in Amsterdam’s office working overtime again?

  • Discussion 15 : 06 Jan 2013 at 11.3815

    @JohnInBkk #14: Next thing you will tell us that the government bought all these Tablet PC only to improve the education of all Thais - how altruistic of them.

  • Discussion 14 : 06 Jan 2013 at 07.5614

    bkk-farang 5, "Thai business efficiency could be improved with better educated people. But the current Thai government is not interested to educate the masses..."
    OldThaiHand 6 - "The only things that will improve Thai business efficiency is better education..."

    "The Labour Ministry will propose five measures to ease the impact of the new 300 baht daily minimum wage...The second involves organising workshops to develop the skills of workers in educational institutions and companies." - BangkokPost, Jan 4, 2013

  • Discussion 13 : 05 Jan 2013 at 21.2413

    But apart from the business side of it would you be able to live a comfortable lifestyle on 300baht a day.Somehow i dont think so.These businessers expect people to work for a pitence.Sad.Thailand was getting expensive to live in well before this set wage came in.

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    Discussion 12 : 05 Jan 2013 at 21.0012

    It will result in people being laid off and part time people being put hired to keep operating costs the same .Short sighted as usual .

  • Discussion 11 : 05 Jan 2013 at 18.1211

    Disc5 BKK Farang - "the current Thai government is not interested to educate the masses"

    I don't see any desire on the behalf of the masses to educate themselves either.
    Thai spending on education is the highest in the region. However, you can lead a buffalo to water but you can't make it think.

  • Discussion 10 : 05 Jan 2013 at 17.1010

    Any production cost increase should focus management to review efficiency. If not, they are failing in their duty. Much politicking here and scaremongering.It won't be long before ASEAN members have a workable policy on this stopping exploitation of cheap labour and fear that companies will relocate. Its obvious, but wage costs are only part of the equation and no company will move just for a cheaper workforce. It seems right to me that employers should pay a "living wage" and not get indirectly subsidised by the state. I am not saying 300 baht is a livable wage, but its a start.

  • Discussion 9 : 05 Jan 2013 at 14.319

    Disc 6 - Old Thai Hand

    You claim "Thais are not willing to work properly and work hard" that is a sweeping statement and certainly does not equate with my observations. I have a family member working for a large Japanese textile company, she is paid more than 300 baht and to claim she, and her fellow work mates are not willing to work hard would be unjust.

    As for disc 2 - Industrialised countries set minimum wage rates and artificially control the price of commodities, the USA and the European Union being prime examples.

  • Discussion 8 : 05 Jan 2013 at 12.078

    "Improve Thai businesses' efficiency?" Oh, yes, definitely, as labor becomes significantly more expensive, employers will find it more advantageous to replace their workers with automation as much as possible. The end result will be worsening trade balance and skyrocketing unemployment.

  • Discussion 7 : 05 Jan 2013 at 08.477

    If someone is lazy at 150 baht/day, they will be even lazier at 300 baht/day. It's like an incentive to do even less.

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