Phuket governor presents campaign to create 10,000 new minimum-wage jobs

Phuket Governor Narong presents new job plan, photo by PR Phuket.

As Phuket struggles to pick up its disheveled tourism economy, provincial Governor Narong has a plan for recovery. In a meeting with local government agencies yesterday, Narong presented his plans on a whiteboard. He said the provincial government will work with local government organisations to create 10,000 vacancies.

The vacancies, he said, would pay the minimum wage of 336 baht per day, for 20 days per month, and would last for four months. The total salaries would be 6,720 baht per month.

“At least they will be able to feed themselves”.

Narong said the jobs will focus on cleaning Phuket, and landscape. This, he said, will keep Phuket recognised by international media as a destination of choice.

Some businesses and venues in Phuket have just started to reopen. Last week, Club Med Phuket opened after two years of closing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket announced earlier this month that Phuket is now ready for boat tourists.

But on top of being caught in a pandemic for two years, Phuket also now faces the global spike in fuel prices, and Thailand’s coming spike in power tariffs in May.

Narong stressed that all sectors must “move forward and help each other”.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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