Fishing operators propose 400 baht minimum wage for fishing crews

Operators of the fishing industry have proposed the Wage Committee to increase the minimum wage for fishing crews to 400 baht a day or a monthly pay of 12,000 baht together with other fringe benefits such as free lodging and food and medical benefits.

Labour inspector Mr Suthi Sukosol said Tuesday that the proposed pay rise for fishing crews was agreed by fishing operators at a recent meeting staged by the Employment Department at the instruction of Labour Minister General Sirichai Ditthakul.

Fishing operators from Phuket, Songkhla, Trang, Trat, Surat Thani, Chon Buri, Ranong, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Samut Prakan, Pattani and Krabi joined the meeting with president of the Thai Fisheries Association and representatives of the International Labour Organization for Migration.

The meeting discussed illegal fishing problem as recommended by the European Union and the shortage of labour in fishing industry, health insurance coverage and wage for fishing crews.

Mr Suthi said the fishing operators were ready to support the government policy’s bring in foreign labour under government-to-government’s deal to ease labour shortage problem.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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