Workers demand B421 minimum wage

Workers demand B421 minimum wage

Labour unions in Rangsit and nearby areas have decided to seek a minimum wage of 421 baht per day on National Labour Day, May 1, according to Matichon Online.

Samai Phuphaenna, chairman of a group of labour unions in Rangsit and nearby areas, was quoted as saying the resolution was made at a seminar of his group and the Textile Industry Federation.

The topic of the seminar concerned the daily wage and whether it was enough for the cost of living.

Academics and workers in various fields agreed that the current 300 baht per day minimum wage is not enough to cover living costs.

Lae Dilokwilas, a labour expert and economic lecturer of Chulalongkorn University, said a proper minimum wage should be enough for a worker to feed himself and his family without having to work overtime.

But most workers had to work overtime in order to survive.

Mr Samai said it was agreed that the group would call for a minimum wage of 421 baht per day on National Labour Day on May 1.

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