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Minimum wage to rise 5 to 22 baht, effective April 1

The National Wage Committee yesterday (Jan 17) agreed to increase minimum wage between 5 and 22 baht a day after almost seven hours of meeting.

The daily minimum wage increase was revealed by Mr Jarin Jakkaphark, permanent secretary for Labour chairing the tripartite wage committee.

The committee agreed that the new minimum wage will take effect April 1 if it gets approval from the cabinet at its meeting next week.

He said the wage increase of 5-22 baht was split in seven rates, varying with locations where workers are employed.

Getting the highest increase are Phuket, Chonburi and Rayong where the new minimum wage will be 330 baht from earlier 310 baht, and the lowest increase are Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat from 300 baht last year to 308 baht.

New minimum wages for all areas are as follow:

� 308 baht for 3 provinces comprising Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

� 310 baht for 22 provinces comprising Singburi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Lamphun, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Uthai Thani, Si Sa Ket, Tak, Chaiyaphum, Amnart Charoen, Phrae, Ratchaburi, Ranong, Maha Sarakham, Chumphon, Nong Bualampoo, and Satun.

� 315 baht for 21 provinces comprising Roi-et, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Nakhon Sawan, Srakaew, Phatthalung, Utaradit, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Buriram, Surin, Phetchaburi, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Chainat, Loei, Yasothorn, Bung Kan, Phayao, Nan, Kanchanaburi, and Ang Thong.

� 318 baht for 7 provinces comprising Chanthaburi, Samut Songkram, Sakhon Nakhon, Mukdaharn, Nakhon Nayok, Kalasin and Prachinburi.

� 320 baht for 14 provinces comprising Ubon Ratchathani, Suphanburi, Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Nong Khai, Lopburi, Trat, Khon Kaen, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Phang-nga.

� 325 baht for 7 provinces comprising Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathumthani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon and Chachoengsao.

� 330 baht for 3 provinces comprising Phuket, Ch?nburi and Rayong.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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