Thai government to raise wages for migrant workers

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Mawlamyine, August (28)

The Thai government officially announced on August 26 that it will increase the minimum wage for all workers in Thailand, including Myanmar, the sources who assist migrant workers told Than Lwin Times.

Due to rising land prices in Thailand, the Thai labor union and labor affairs organizations sent a letter to the Thai government last May 1 asking for an increase in the wages of migrant workers.

The Thai government has now formally confirmed that the workers’ wages will be rising, as it had previously promised.

A Myanmar migrant worker might earn between 400 and more than 500 baht thanks to the rise in the minimum wage, according to U Aung Kyaw, chairman of the Migrant Workers’ Rights Network (MWRN).

The Thai government increased the minimum wage depending on the development of each district. The lowest daily wage set by the Thai government is 328 baht, and the highest is 354 baht.

According to the sources who assist migrant workers, the Thai government’s rise in wages will make it easier for all workers, including Myanmar.

Meanwhile, the Thai government plans to issue “pink ID cards,” or work permits, to undocumented migrant workers from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam who have entered Thailand illegally in order to live and work there.

News – Than Lwin Times

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