Reasons Why Thai Employees Want to Join Labor Unions: Evidence in Private Companies and State Enterprises

Chaturong Napathorn, Suchada Chanprateep


This study provides an empirical analysis of reasons why Thai employees want to join labor unions in order to
deepen our understanding of unionization-related issues in Thailand. The presidents, leaders and members of
labor unions for nine private companies and two state enterprises participated in this survey. Based on 1841 valid
responses from a total population of 44573 persons, our findings demonstrated that there are three main reasons
why Thai employees want to join labor unions: compensation, safeguard against dismissal, and legal
consultation (in descending order).

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