Thailand:MINIMUM WAGE Pay rise challenge rejected

The Administrative Court has thrown out a case seeking an injunction against government plans to raise the national daily minimum wage to 300 baht.

The court dropped the case filed by 41 business operators, saying the tripartite Central Wage Committee’s decision on the wage hike followed proper procedures and that employers must abide by the panel’s decision.

Employers earlier lodged a petition with the court asking it to issue an injunction to suspend the wage hike.

They also asked the court to rule on the legality of the wage panel’s order.

The court said the tripartite wage committee took into consideration the cost of living index, inflation, production costs and consumer prices in making its decision.

It had also sought opinions from sub-committees in every province as well as a working committee that had studied the likely effects of the minimum wage hike.

That panel was chaired by the Bank of Thailand’s deputy governor.

Still, the court has not yet ruled on whether the wage panel’s order was illegal or not.

The 300-baht daily minimum wage policy was a major part of the now-ruling Pheu Thai Party’s campaign platform during last year’s parliamentary elections.

Increases in the minimum wage to 300 baht a day will take effect on April 1 in seven provinces _ Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani and Phuket. Other provinces will follow later.

Message sent to The 67th Revolutionary Day By The 88 Generation Students

Message sent to The 67th Revolutionary Day
By The 88 Generation Students

Today is the 67th anniversary of fighting against Fascism throughout the territory of Myanmar by national unity.

After the anti-fascist revolution, at the fourth meeting of national leaders held on August 1945, General Aung San, the national leader and the founding father of the country and the military, claimed clearly; “… If there’s a system in which the imperial minded officials govern the country, there will be the pseudo forms of Fascism which will obstruct the emergence of democracy. We must promote democracy. We must try to build independence Burma by this system.”

Today Myanmar, on her transformation process, it is necessary to change obsolete behaviors and thoughts with the revolution (courageously).

The essence of the constitution is the fact that “The sovereign power of the Union is derived from the citizens and is in force in the entire country.” (Chapter I, Section 4)

Therefore, we seriously believe and encourage that now is the time to mobilize a revolution of thoughts;

“To change the government to people minded,”

“To change the people to government minded, and”

“To change the government’s servants to the public servants.”

The 88 Generation Students