Thailand: No Plans to Increase Minimum Wage

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By Michael Mackey

Oct. 3—Thailand will not increase its minimum wage, an official with the Ministry of Labor told Bloomberg BNA in a recent telephone interview.

The current daily minimum wage of 300 baht ($9.20) was introduced Jan. 1, 2013.

Thailand's military rulers, who seized power May 22, had announced in June of this year as one of their first statements on labor policy their intention not to raise the minimum wage for two years.

Prior to the coup, labor groups had requested an increase in the minimum wage to 388 baht ($11.90) to offset rising living costs.

The effect of the government policy on U.S. employers is expected to be minimal.

“Most U.S. companies in Thailand have a labor force that receives more than the minimum wage as U.S. companies normally provide higher skilled work that pays much higher than the minimum wage,” said Judy Benn, executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Mackey in Bangkok at correspondents@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rick Vollmar at rvollmar@bna.com

For more information on HR law and regulation, see the Thailand primer.