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01 May 2013 :: 10:05:51 am 74253

Bangkok Workers Polled On New Minimum Wage Law

Most people in the Bangkok area said they are not affected by the minimum wage hike to 300 baht per day, according to a poll by the Bangkok University Research Center. Some said their lives got worse, mostly due to rising prices.
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People living and working in Bangkok and its surrounding areas were surveyed on the labor issue for the poll, “Perspectives on Labor After the Minimum Wage Increased to 300 Baht.” The poll was conducted by the Bangkok University Research Center (Bangkok Poll).

The results showed that 65.4 percent of those polled responded that they were not affected by the new minimum wage, while 34.6 percent said they were affected.

Of the number who reported being affected, 16.5 percent stated that they were given less overtime (OT) hours, and 9.2 percent indicated that they had to work harder. About 4.2 percent said they received no wage increase.

When asked about any change in their living conditions, 45.9 reported no change. Compared to the previous poll, this represented an increase of 9.4 percent of respondents reporting no change.

About 44.2 people thought that their living conditions were better, a decrease of 16.5percent compared to the last poll, while 9.9 percent thought their living conditions were worse (up 7.1 percent).

As for the reasons people said their lives were not better, the main reason was that things were more expensive, (85.9 percent). This was followed by the lack of welfare assistance (7.1 percent); and job insecurity, from not knowing when they might be fired (4.4 percent).

The demographics of the polled residents found that 75.1 percent of the workers came from hometowns outside Bangkok and its suburbs, while 24.9 percent were Bangkok residents.

When asked why the workers did not work in their hometown areas, 64.8 percent said that there were only few jobs available. About 33.4 percent indicated that in Bangkok and its suburbs, the jobs came with better benefits, while 33.3 percent indicated that their wage is still under 300 baht.

These respondents were asked, “If you can solve the problem mentioned above about lack of jobs, would you return to work in your homeland?” About 80 percent said they would return home to work, while 20 percent do not intend to return home.

Finally, respondents were asked how concerned they were about being fired, if their employer had to reinvigorate the company to survive. According to the minister of industry, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Thailand reduced their staff by an average of 15 percent after the wage hike.

The poll results showed that 73.2 percent were not worried about getting fired, while 26.8 percent were very concerned about getting fired.

The Bangkok Poll is a survey of randomly selected residents aged 18 years and over in Bangkok and its vicinity, with a total sample of 1,052 people.

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