Published on December 7, 2007
The chamber's president, Mitsuhiro Sonoda, and about 10 Japanese entrepreneurs met Labour Minister Apai Chandanachulaka, Labour Ministry permanent secretary Chuthatawat Indrasuksri, and Labour Protection and Welfare Department director-general Padungsak Thephasdin na Ayutthaya at the Labour Ministry.
Apai said after the meeting that the Japanese businessmen wanted to learn more about news reports that a proposed legal amendment would enforce skill-based wage rates instead of the minimum wage.
"We explained that the new law aims to ensure fairness to all sides. Workers should get paid based on their skills used at work," he said.
He said this would lead to better quality of life, and better products in the market.
"The entrepreneurs now understand why we are proposing the new law," added Apai.
He said the proposed legal amendment had already sailed through its first reading in the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).