Struggle for decent wage in Thai electronics sector

Last year, the Thai NGO Thai Labour Campaign (TLC) has published an even interesting concise position paper regarding the struggle for decent wages in the Thai electronics sector. Labor organisations in Thailand have accomplished a daily minimum wage of 300 baht (10 US dollars). In this study TLC investigates the impact after the flood crisis in 2011 and the enforcement of the minimum wage raise in an electronics factory in the Wangnoi district in Ayutthaya. After the minimum wage was raised to 300 Baht, workers have resigned that they have to work harder for more productivity. More strict rules have occurred for being sick or absent. The workers are facing more stress during their work. Other unions found that welfare payments are being reduced since the wage has increased. There remains still a big gap in basic salary for different positions and many of the workers still have problems due to chemicals and intensive labor. After the flood in 2011, production was suspended for 1 month and half of employees have had 75% of their salary, this was very difficult to overcome for them. The Thai labor movement does not have the offensive strategies to press the government to protect labor rights, but move forward to demand a 500-Baht minimum wage policy from the government since 300 Baht is not sufficient for higher costs of living.

Struggle for decent wage in Thai electronics sector

Thai NGO Thai Labour Campaign (TLC) has published a concise position paper regarding the struggle for decent wages in the Thai electronics sector, which is ever interesting.

Labour organisations in Thailand have accomplished a daily minimum wage of 300 baht (10 US dollars).

In this study TLC investigates the impact after the flood crisis in 2011 and the enforcement of the minimum wage raise in an electronics factory in the Wangnoi district in Ayutthaya.

After the minimum wage was raised to 300 Baht, workers have resigned that they have to work harder for more productivity. More strict rules have occurred for being sick or absent. The workers are facing more stress during their work.  Other unions found that welfare payments are being reduced since the wage has increased.

There remains still a big gap in basic salary for different positions and many of the workers still have problems due to chemicals and intensive labor.

After the flood in 2011, production was suspended for 1 month and half of employees have had 75% of their salary, this was very difficult to overcome for them.

The Thai labour movement does not have the offensive strategies to press the government to protect labor rights, but move forward to demand a 500-Baht minimum wage policy from the government since 300 Baht is not sufficient for higher costs of living.