Thai and migrant workers celebrate National Labour Day

Both Thai and migrant workers celebrated the National Labour Day today holding religious and entertainment activities and parades in many parts of the country to herald the important day along with their colleagues worldwide.

In Bangkok, the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee (TLSC) joined the State Enterprise Workers' Federation of Thailand holding activities at the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center or known as Thai-Japanese Stadium with thousands of members gathering.

They later paraded to the Victory Monument to voice their call for higher minimum wage reasoning the current 310 bath a day is not sufficient for a family, but just for a person.

Charlie Loisoong, vice president of the TLSC, called for the prime minister to increase the minimum wage to 620 baht so that a family could survive.

He said workers demanded 360 baht last year but was given 310 baht at maximum, adding it was justified to double the wage to 620 baht this year.

Elsewhere in the country, Thai and migrant workers joined in the observation of the day in respective provinces where factories are located.

They included Samut Prakarn, Samut Sakhon, Tak, Songkhla, Prachinburi, Nakhon Ratchasima.

They called for tougher laws to stop human trade, better welfare, better health care, and quality of life.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)