Union workers petition PM seeking promised wage hike

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BANGKOK, Sept 12 – Representatives of Bangkok workers on Monday delivered a petition addressed to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House seeking the promised Bt300 minimum wage which her Pheu Thai Party pledged during the recent election campaign.

Members of labour unions from industrial zone in Rangsit and adjacent areas urged the government to implement the campaign promise nationwide immediately.

Referring to the statement made by Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap last Monday that the government will pilot the higher wage in seven designated provinces to take effect in January, Saneh Chumharuethai, who heads the group, questioned the government’s move and said it was tantamout to dishonouring its campaign promise.

Mr Saneh said the labour unions urged the prime minister to urgently raise the daily minimum wage to Bt300 and a startup salary of Bt15,000 for bachelor’s degree graduates nationwide.

The workers also want the government to speed up its measures to fight against poverty as well as cap the rising prices of consumer goods, and to urgently rehabilitate flood victims in many provinces.