MINIMUM WAGE TO RISE BY BT5-BT10 IN 69 PROVINCES

Economy October 20, 2016 01:00

By The Nation

Minimum wages will rise to between Bt305 and Bt310 per day in 69 provinces from the current nationwide rate of Bt300, effective from January 1, 2017.



Labour Ministry permanent secretary ML Puntrik Smiti said after chairing a meeting of the tripartite Central Wage Committee yesterday that the meeting approved rises of the minimum daily wage next year in 69 provinces, while the minimum in the other |eight provinces will remain at Bt300.

The wage in seven provinces – Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon and Phuket – will rise by Bt10, while that in 13 provinces will increase by Bt8, and in 49 provinces by Bt5.

The committee will submit its resolution to the Labour Ministry, which will forward it to the Cabinet.

Chen Namchaisiri, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, said the organisation agreed that increases in the minimum wages should vary in each province. As for the increases determined by the Central Wage Committee of Bt5-Bt10, the FTI needs to discuss|with its membership whether employers could accept such rises.

He said the proposed increases |would probably be acceptable by |employers in principle, but it needed |to be considered whether the timing is suitable as the economic recovery is not yet certain.

MDE CANCELS INTERNET BID, FINDS TOT UNQUALIFIED

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society will scrap tender for the Bt13-billion project to provide Internet access to villages next week after finding that TOT, the sole bidder, was unqualified to implement the project. 

Permanent secretary Songporn Komolsuradej said yesterday that the ministry would draw up new terms of reference and launch a new bid soon, so that construction can commence in January and the first phase can be completed |in March.

TISI RISES IN SEPTEMBER

The Thai Industries Sentiment Index rose to 84.8 in September from 83.3in August, the first increase in four months, thanks to improving purchase orders.

However, the Federation of Thai Industries said yesterday that businesses still had concerns over the volatility of the world’s economy and the rise in oil prices, which could dent their competitiveness.

Last month, domestic sales of new vehicles rose by 2.7 per cent year on year to 63,516 units, while exports of finished vehicles reached 112,565 units, the highest in the past 12 months but down 9.9 per cent year on year because of the slow economies of trading nations. 

Export value slipped 9.0 per cent to Bt58.76 billion. 

THAI AIRWAYS BANS GALAXY NOTE 7 

Thai Airways International this week banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones from all flights.

Pratana Patanasiri, vice president for aviation safety, security and standards, said the national carrier had implemented a safety policy that strictly prohibits passengers from bringing Galaxy Note 7s on to THAI aircraft in carry-on bags or in checked baggage. 

The product has been recalled |worldwide and sales suspended|because of instances of the mobile| device igniting.