In Thailand unions under the Labor Relations Act of 1975, the basic statute dealing with labor-management relations, are divided into three levels: trade unions, workers’ federations, and workers’ congresses. Prior to the 1991 coup, at the federation level, unions had a significant degree of leverage with the government, especially during periods of political certainty. In terms of issues directly affecting workers, the key issue was the minimum wage. Beyond this, organized labor activity was directed at promoting the interests of powerful groups supporting their interests. State enterprise unions wielded a strong influence on management and the government, forcing it to abandon its privatization policy. They were also able to influence transfers and appointments of key managers.1


Minimum Wage Collective Bargaining Industrial Relation Union Membership Union Leader 
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