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Demand for 712 baht minimum wage nationwide at May Day rally


IN MARKING International Workers’ Day, often referred to as May Day, a network of Thai workers staged a rally at gate number five of the Government House calling for an equal minimum wage of 712 baht nationwide among other demands, Naewna newspaper said this afternoon.

Mr. Mongkolchai Samudon, deputy permanent secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, received the letter of demands submitted by Mr. Sawit Kaewwan, president of the Thai Labour Solidarity Confederation, which staged the rally.

The workers’ demands are as follows:

– The government must approve an equal minimum wage of 712 baht throughout the country;

– The government should adopt International Labour Organization Convention No. 190 which aims to eliminate violence and harassment in the world of work;

– The government must reduce cost of living by controlling the price petrol and consumer goods;

– The authorities must set up an investment risk insurance fund;

– A social security hospital be set up to for the insured;

– Measures be implemented to protect all dimensions of transnational labour rights;

– People have free access to all levels of education.

The workers stressed that the government should work on reducing cost of living expenses by controlling the price of fuel and consumer goods plus transportation cost.

They added that the high electricity rate is due to mismanagement with the state having to buy more backup electricity from private power producers than necessary with this leading to the public having to shoulder a heavier burden.


Thai workers rallying at gate number five of the Government House today, May 1, 2023. Photo: Naewna

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