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PHUKET CITY: Minimum wage workers will get a very modest wage rise on New Year’s Day, when an increase in the minimum pay rate in Phuket increases from 197 baht to 204 baht.

Phuket Provincial Labor Office chief Suttipong Saisakares confirmed the pay hike, saying it was just two baht lower than the requested rise of nine baht.

Phuket was among 71 provinces for which pay rises were approved by the Central Wage Committee on December 29 after two hours of deliberation in Bangkok.

The Cabinet considers the new minimum wage as a New Year gift to all workers.

Mr Suttipong said he didn’t feel the pay increase would have much of an effect on local labor here in Phuket, where the vast majority of workers make more than the minimum wage.

“Both employees and workers were satisfied with the current minimum wage,” he said.

Workers in Ayudhya will see their minimum daily wage raised from 173 baht to 181 baht, the single largest increase of any province.

Workers in Bangkok will enjoy the highest minimum wage, 206 baht.

The lowest rates still can be found in Phrae and Phayao, where the minimum wage increased one baht to 151 baht per day.
– Sitthipong Nongkaew

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With 10 billion baht earmarked for Phuket development projects, you would have thought they could have been a little more generous in the increase of the minimum wage for honest workers. Assuming these lowest paid workers do a 30 day month, their gross salary is 6,120 baht before deductions. Food and accommodation in Phuket is expensive for Thais at this level. I suspect there is little spare cash for any enjoyment and no opportunity to save. I feel sympathy for these people who perform the hard labor and do the dirty jobs.

Posted by Laffinmahedoff December 30, 2009 06:57:16PM

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With 10 billion baht earmarked for Phuket development projects, you would have thought they could have been a little more generous in the increase of the minimum wage for honest workers. Assuming these lowest paid workers do a 30 day month, their gross salary is 6,120 baht before deductions. Food and accommodation in Phuket is expensive for Thais at this level. I suspect there is little spare cash for any enjoyment and no opportunity to save. I feel sympathy for these people who perform the hard labor and do the dirty jobs.

Posted by Laffinmahedoff

Agreed, but let's not forget that many, if not most, of the people who get paid at this rate in Phuket are Burmese, or stateless people whose land is claimed by that country. Their welfare doesn't rate very highly in the Thai bureaucracy's priorities.

Posted by Phuket Sub December 31, 2009 01:50:23AM

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You cannot use Western eyes to evaluate this wage. 6,000 baht per month is good money in Thailand, drawing workers to Phuket from all parts of Thailand and neighboring countries. In these times a 3.5% raise is quite good. I wish my raise was 3.5% this year.

Posted by Nanai2 December 31, 2009 07:57:08PM

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“Both employees and workers were satisfied with the current minimum wage.” Are employees different from the workers? A 6,000 baht per month salary in Phuket is an insult to the people that work very hard no matter where they come from. Some of the large hotels are paying their staff a pittance while charging their guests more than western prices. Slavery should not happen here.

Posted by Bill Stickers January 1, 2010 12:47:31PM

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With 10 billion baht earmarked for Phuket development projects, you would have thought they could have been a little more generous in the increase of the minimum wage for honest workers. Assuming these lowest paid workers do a 30 day month, their gross salary is 6,120 baht before deductions. Food and accommodation in Phuket is expensive for Thais at this level. I suspect there is little spare cash for any enjoyment and no opportunity to save. I feel sympathy for these people who perform the hard labor and do the dirty jobs.

Posted by Laffinmahedoff

Agreed, but let's not forget that many, if not most, of the people who get paid at this rate in Phuket are Burmese, or stateless people whose land is claimed by that country. Their welfare doesn't rate very highly in the Thai bureaucracy's priorities.

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Where do you think a percentage of the 10 billion will end up? Lining some undeserving pockets perhaps. Better to have given the minimum paid workers the extra requested 2 baht per hour in my opinion.

Posted by Laffinmahedoff January 1, 2010 05:40:53PM

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Wow! A 1 to 8 baht wage increase! A new car? Home? Or maybe 1/2 bowl of rice?

Posted by Don Aleman January 3, 2010 01:32:54PM

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Wow! A 1 to 8 baht wage increase! A new car? Home? Or maybe 1/2 bowl of rice?

Posted by Don Aleman January 3, 2010 01:32:54PM

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With 10 billion baht earmarked for Phuket development projects, you would have thought they could have been a little more generous in the increase of the minimum wage for honest workers. Assuming these lowest paid workers do a 30 day month, their gross salary is 6,120 baht before deductions. Food and accommodation in Phuket is expensive for Thais at this level. I suspect there is little spare cash for any enjoyment and no opportunity to save. I feel sympathy for these people who perform the hard labor and do the dirty jobs.

Posted by Laffinmahedoff

Agreed, but let's not forget that many, if not most, of the people who get paid at this rate in Phuket are Burmese, or stateless people whose land is claimed by that country. Their welfare doesn't rate very highly in the Thai bureaucracy's priorities.

Posted by Phuket Sub

Where do you think a percentage of the 10 billion will end up? Lining some undeserving pockets perhaps. Better to have given the minimum paid workers the extra requested 2 baht per hour in my opinion.

Posted by Laffinmahedoff January 1, 2010 05:40:53PM

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“Both employees and workers were satisfied with the current minimum wage.” Are employees different from the workers? A 6,000 baht per month salary in Phuket is an insult to the people that work very hard no matter where they come from. Some of the large hotels are paying their staff a pittance while charging their guests more than western prices. Slavery should not happen here.

Posted by Bill Stickers January 1, 2010 12:47:31PM

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You cannot use Western eyes to evaluate this wage. 6,000 baht per month is good money in Thailand, drawing workers to Phuket from all parts of Thailand and neighboring countries. In these times a 3.5% raise is quite good. I wish my raise was 3.5% this year.

Posted by Nanai2 December 31, 2009 07:57:08PM

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With 10 billion baht earmarked for Phuket development projects, you would have thought they could have been a little more generous in the increase of the minimum wage for honest workers. Assuming these lowest paid workers do a 30 day month, their gross salary is 6,120 baht before deductions. Food and accommodation in Phuket is expensive for Thais at this level. I suspect there is little spare cash for any enjoyment and no opportunity to save. I feel sympathy for these people who perform the hard labor and do the dirty jobs.

Posted by Laffinmahedoff

Agreed, but let's not forget that many, if not most, of the people who get paid at this rate in Phuket are Burmese, or stateless people whose land is claimed by that country. Their welfare doesn't rate very highly in the Thai bureaucracy's priorities.

Posted by Phuket Sub December 31, 2009 01:50:23AM

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With 10 billion baht earmarked for Phuket development projects, you would have thought they could have been a little more generous in the increase of the minimum wage for honest workers. Assuming these lowest paid workers do a 30 day month, their gross salary is 6,120 baht before deductions. Food and accommodation in Phuket is expensive for Thais at this level. I suspect there is little spare cash for any enjoyment and no opportunity to save. I feel sympathy for these people who perform the hard labor and do the dirty jobs.

Posted by Laffinmahedoff December 30, 2009 06:57:16PM

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