Minister of Labour presided over a ritual ceremony held to mark the National Labour Day on May 1, 2013. He urged workers to speed up improving their skills to prepare for the formational of ASEAN Community in late 2015 and said the new minimum wage policy would help improve workers’’ quality of lives.
Mr. Phadermchai Sasomsub, Minister of Labour, said after the ritual ceremony held to mark the National Labour Day near the Equestrian Monument that May 1 was a very important day for workers. Ministry of Labour was the main agency that took care and protected workers from both formal and informal sectors as well as those working overseas. It looked to improve workers’ quality of lives, ensure they have career stability and increase their skill so they could compete with workers from other foreign countries, especially when the formation of the AC was just two year away.
Mr. Phadermchai said the increase of minimum wage to 300 baht per day was just the guarantee of workers’ basic pay. They had to keep improving their skills to earn higher pay.
He stressed that the new minimum wage would certainly help improve workers’ quality of lives. Workers affected by the policy could contact Department of Employment for information on available job positions or skill training courses. They could also attend skill training courses organized by Department of Skill Development. Workers could send their complaints about unfair treatment under the policy to Office of Labour Protection and Welfare or concerned Ministry of Labour’s agencies across the country. The ministry would launch punishment against employers who breached the policy.
In response to 11 demands rasied by the Labour Congress of Thailand on the National Labour Day, the labour minister said his ministry had implemented some of the demands including the setting up of breast-feeding corner in workplaces, which the ministry was waiting for the enactment of a bill to enforce workplaces on the matter. It had also requested workplaces to allow male workers to take leave for 15 days to take care of their wife after giving birth but still had to wait for the enactment of a bill to enforce workplaces on the matter.
As for the signing of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 87 and 98, he said the issue had reached Office of the Council of State. Once it was approved, it would then be forwarded to the cabinet and the House of Representatives.
As for other demands, he said some concerned other organisations, including Ministry of Finance. Ministry of Labour would coordinate with Ministry of Finance through Office of Labour Protection and Welfare in speeding up the implementation of the demands.
Ministry of Labour and its agencies jointly organized the Labour Day ceremony to promote public awareness of workers. To mark the National Labour Day, ritual activities were in the morning. The labour minister and Ministry of Labour’s executives then led 14 processions of workers in a march to the Sanam Luang for Labour Day cerebrations, where there were concerts from musicians from R-Siam Co Ltd, mor lam musicians from Ubon Ratchathani province and quiz contest by Ministry of Labour’s agencies.