Author Topic: Low-income earners unable to make ends meet on 300 baht minimum wage  (Read 846 times)

Offline thaiga

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BANGKOK, 11 July 2014 (NNT) -

Factory workers and those in the low-income range have voiced out complaints that even though their wages are on the rise, their expenses have risen faster due to higher costs of living.

Yongyut Chalaemwrong, the President of the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), revealed that workers have expressed dissatisfaction with their quality of life. Even though 13 percent of the lower working class have reported increased income, 16 percent of them also had increased expenses.

According to the TDRI, by 2015 the 300 baht wage would not be adequate for workers to make ends meet, let alone enabling the lower working class to salt anything away. Mr. Yongyuth said the minimum wage policy was simply a temporary measure to help boost psychological support that workers were making more money. However, it only masked the real problem that higher income usually meant higher costs of living.

Meanwhile, the National Statistical Office revealed that all single workers under 25 years old had been able to save at least 656 baht per month in their savings accounts before the wage policy came into force. Nowadays, this same group of people manages to save only 364 baht per month. - See more at:

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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No No No!  That can't be right...the junta has assured us that everyone is happy and they've even wtitten a little happy song.  I simply can't believe this.  Don't these low wage earners know how happy they should be???