Thailand: No Change in Minimum Wage Until 2016, Government Says

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By Michael Mackey

June 17—Thailand's current minimum daily wage of 300 baht ($9.67) will not be changed at least for the rest of this year, a government official confirmed to Bloomberg BNA June 17.

“Now it's no plan to change,” a spokesman for the Legal Division of the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare said in a June 17 telephone interview. “Maybe next year we will have a plan to change.”

These comments continue the recent trend of Thai government officials branding as “false” reports that the minimum wage, implemented by the previous and now ousted government, will be abolished.

Industry Minister Jakkamon Phasukkhawanitch said in a June 11 report from the official NNT news agency that, while a near-term increase is unlikely, the rate for 2016 will be revised.

Provincial wage subcommittees of employees, employers and government officials will collate information on living expenses, inflation and production costs, which will be sent to the national Wage Committee, the Ministry of Labor said on its website.

“Conclusions for the 2016 wage structure will be concluded towards the end of October [2015],” according to the ministry.

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 Thai HR law and regulation, see the Thailand primer.