Labour Minister Gives 5 Gifts for Workers in 2020 under “Happier than “Giving” with Love from the MOL” Concept

Date: 
Monday, 09 December 2019

          The Labour Minister revealed 5 Ministry of Labour’s New Year Gifts for 2020, under the concept of “Happier than “giving” with love from the Ministry of Labour." The gifts consists of increasing the minimum wage rate by 5 to 6 baht nationwide, providing loans for a better quality of life following the King's philosophy at the interest rate of 2 percent per annum, loans to homeworkers at the interest rate of 0 percent per year, providing knowledge through free English language training, free repairing of household electrical appliances and good health with 14 free health examination programs in industrial estates nationwide. 

          Today (December 9, 2019), Labour Minister M.R. Chatumongol Sonakul revealed that on the occasion of the 2020New Year, the Ministry of Labour sends good wishes to the people, employers, employees, insurers and the general public, who are an essential power and resource to drive the country's economic development. The Labour Minister wished for happiness and professional prosperity for all, for good health, and for everyone's wishes to come true. In this new year, the Ministry of Labour has prepared gifts under the concept of “Happier than “giving” with love from the Ministry of Labour."
          M.R. Chatumongol added that for the Ministry of Labour’s New Year's gift for 2020, there are 5 pieces under the concept of "5 Giving". The first is "giving" the minimum wage rate an increase by 5-6 Baht nationwide, affecting the country in terms of product prices, international trade and exports, and benefiting the overall economy. The 20th Wage Committee has considered increasing the minimum wage in 2020 by 6 Baht in 9 provinces, namely Chonburi, Phuket, Prachinburi, Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon. The remaining 68 provinces will increase by 5 Baht. Thus, Thailand's minimum wage will be divided into 10 tiers, the highest at 336 Baht in Chonburi and Phuket, and the lowest is 313 Baht in the three southern border provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat. Meanwhile, the wages in Bangkok and its suburbs are at 331 Baht, while the rest of the provinces will be reduced, respectively. The new wages will come into effect on January 1, 2020, as a New Year's gift to the workforce.
          The second is "giving" a loan for a good quality of life following the King's philosophy. Interest rates of 2 percent per annum will be provided to workers who are members of savings cooperatives in establishments and state enterprises, ensuring access to funding services, relieving debt outside the system/credit card debt. The initiative will be able to develop income for workers and their families. The project’s budget is 50,000,000 Baht, with a maximum credit limit of not more than 10,000,000 Baht per cooperative. The interest rate is 2 percent per annum for a maximum return period, not exceeding 5 years. This can reduce the burden of interest rates paid to cooperatives not exceeding 5 percent per year.
          The third is "giving" the interest rate of 0 percent per year on loans for homeworkers. Installments 1 - 12 will be on 0 percent interest per year; payment 13 will be on 3 percent per year. The loan limit amount is 3,000,000 Baht. Individuals can be loaned not exceeding 50,000 Baht and groups not exceeding 200,000 Baht. Loan submissions can be made from December 9, 2019, to February 29, 2020.
          The fourth is "giving" the knowledge and services. English language training will be open for 30-40 hours for 1,440 people. There will be free repair for all types of home appliances at the Skill Development Institute / Skill Development Office all over the country beginning January 1.
          The fifth is "giving" to be healthy with 14 free health check programs. The initiative is a collaboration with hospitals to check insurers’ health in industrial estates nationwide. Health checks will be proactively given in Rayong Industrial Estate in June and Samut Prakan Industrial Estate in November 2020, allowing insurers to have preliminary health examinations and screening for diseases, resulting in the right health care processes.
          For more information, please contact the agencies under the Ministry of Labour, both in the central region and throughout the country, or call the Ministry of Labour’s 1506 hotline.

 

 

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Division of Public Relations/
News by Chaninthorn Phettab/
9 December 2019