On December 23rd, at the meeting room of Phuket Provincial Hall, Niwit Aroonrat, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over the 4th meeting in 2010 of the Phuket Minimium Wage Committee. Thanit Tantiwit, the representatives of employers, and Sanga Thepee, the representative from employees, attended the meeting.
Niwit said that the high living-expenses in Phuket necessitated the minimum wage increase, but this affected some entrepreneurs who could not increase the wage by the government due date on January 1st 2011. After that date the Phuket minimum wage should be increased from 204 baht to 221 baht.
Employers in Phuket had sent a report to the committee on problems they would face after the wage increase. The committee would later find solutions that meet the needs of both the employers and employees.