Myanmar workers in Thailand paid below minimum wage

Ninety per cent of Myanmar workers working at factories in Tak Province do not receive minimum wages, and four factories pay minimum wages to Myanmar workers, according to the Mae Sot-based Joint Committee for the Affairs of Myanmar Citizens.

“About 300 factories are running legally, and more than 1,600 factories are running illegally. Among those factories, Jaguar (Steel), Top Form, Sahapat and Mali are the only four factories that pay minimum wages. The rest pay Bt 80-160 per day,” said Mojo, the chairperson of the committee.

More than 400,000 Myanmar citizens work in Tak Province, half of which work in Mae Sot District.

“I am working at an electronic accessory manufacturing plant in Mae Pa. I am getting paid based on the quantity that I produce daily. But I have never earned more than Bt 200 in a day. Although we hold legal documents to work in Thailand, we are not getting paid the minimum daily wage according to Thai law,” a female worker said.

Under section BE-25/18 of Thailand’s Labor Law, migrant workers have a right to negotiate wages if they are not earning the prescribed minimum wage.

“According to labor law, report can be filed orally or through a written letter. If these receive no response, protesting permits can be requested from the authorities,” Mojo added.

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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