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PHUKET: The minimum wage rise to 300 baht per day will be in effect for all government employees in Phuket from October 1, a panel of experts has revealed.

Senator Anothai Rittiphanyawong broke the news at a seminar at the Royal Phuket City Hotel in Phuket Town.

The new minimum wage will be passed by Cabinet on October 4, but will be made retroactive to October 1, he said.

However, the new wage rates will apply only in the pilot provinces of Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani, Nakon Pathom, Nonthaburi and Phuket – for now, Senator Anothai added.

Among those present at the conference were the heads of the Phuket Provincial Labor Office, Phuket Chamber of Commerce, the Phuket office of the Ministry of Industry, and representatives from the Phuket Tourist Association.

Senator Anothai, the Consulting Vice President for the Senate standing subcommittee on Finance, Banking and Financial Institutions, also broke the news that the 15,000 baht a month minimum salary for graduates will come into effect on January 1 for all government employees in the pilot provinces.

During the seminar, Senator Anothai debunked the different definitions of “300 baht a day”, as some of the business leaders present expressed concern that the definition was not clear.

“Is service charge [paid to employees] to be included in calculating the 300 baht a day,” asked Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, a vice president of the Phuket Tourist Association.

To this, Senator Anothai replied plainly that the rate was the flat minimum rate employers were to pay their employees for a day’s work – “this includes overtime and other payments”.

Mr Bhummikitti also asked whether there would be any changes to what penalties would be incurred by employers found not paying the new minimum wage.

“Will I be arrested if I don’t pay it?” he asked.

To this there was no clear reply, although Senator Anothai explained that this was precisely the reason behind holding the seminar.

“We will present all the things we have discussed today to Cabinet on October 4,” he said.

Senator Anothai stressed that at this stage the new wage rates will apply to government employees only.

“Private businesses will not be affected much because this affects government employees only,” he said.

However, Phuket Senator Thanyarat Atchariyachai expressed her concerns about the effect the wage hike will have in Phuket.

“Don’t expect Phuket to easily handle the 300 baht a day wage hike because the province is not as rich as some may think.

“The occupancy rates [of hotels on the island] seem high, but room rates are falling. More than 3,000 rooms have opened in Patong alone so far this year, and about 10,000 new rooms in total have opened in Phuket so far this year.”

She added that since the government announced its intention to raise the minimum wage, the cost of living on the island had already risen in anticipation of the higher incomes – even though the poorest income earners were yet to start being paid higher wages.

— Chutharat Plerin



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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