Myanmar migrant workers to receive Bt300 minimum wage: Thai Labour Ministry


BANGKOK, Nov 26 — Myanmar migrant workers who have already passed the nationality verification process are entitled to receive Thailand’s Bt300 minimum wage, the same rate as Thai workers under Thai law, according to Vice Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Anusorn Kraiwatnussorn.

Mr Anusorn said after meeting with visiting Myanmar Deputy Minister for Labour Myint Thein that he told Myint Thein to inform the Myanmar workers who wanted to work legally in Thailand that they would definitely receive Bt300 minimum wage, the same rate as Thai workers.

He also asked the Myanmar deputy minister to consider opening additional border crossing points from the existing three ones to facilitate the return of Myanmar migrant workers who could not make it through the nationality verification process before the deadline on December 14.

Mr Myint Thein replied that, according to the information, there are some 2 million Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand. Among those, 1.2 million are legal workers whose status has been verified while there are some 300,000 workers who have not yet verified their nationality.

The minister said he believed the workers who were waiting for the verification process could not make it in time as the December 14 deadline nears, and they have to return to Myanmar.

According to ministry’s figures, more that 565,000 Myanmar migrant workers have registered for nationality verification, more than 473,000 have been verified while nearly 92,000 are waiting to go through the procedure.