The government will negotiate with companies to raise the minimum daily wage as part of efforts to help alleviate workers’ financial burdens. The minimum wage raise, revision in labor laws and plans to address energy issues were just some of the economic policies declared during the recent debate on the government’s policy statement.
Prime Minister and Finance Minister Srettha Thavisin said the government will meet with employers and employees to discuss raising the minimum wage to 400 baht, underlining the importance of doing so as soon as possible. He stressed that the wage raise is one of the government’s signature stimulus measures to revitalize the Thai economy.
If successful, the wage increase will help the Pheu Thai Party move closer to achieving its election pledge of ultimately increasing the minimum wage to 600 baht by 2027. The current daily minimum wage varies from province to province, ranging from 328 baht to 354 baht.
The prime minister also emphasized the importance of protecting employees’ rights and ensuring their security and welfare, including for migrant workers. He added that a one-stop center will be established to assist these people with documentation in a more efficient manner.
The premier has also instructed the Ministry of Energy to work towards addressing the issue of rising electricity rates, which affects households and businesses. He added that the government will launch new stimulus programs to boost the tourism industry, as well as look into revising regulations to ensure that all workers are protected by labor laws and receive their full benefits. (NNT)