More than 1,000 workers of two sportswear factories staged a rally on Sunday to demand welfare benefits, reported the Bangkok Post.

No violence was reported during the hour-long protest in front of Asia Garment Co and Thai-Eng Co. The two firms are located in the same compound and run by the same owner.

Protest leader Atthachai Sajjakhet said 1,200 workers hired by the two firms received 165 baht each in daily wages. No welfare benefits were provided, he claimed.

The workers want the management to provide them a monthly allowance of 400 baht each, a year-end bonus, a 10 per cent salary increase, transportation fees and free lunch.

Mr Atthachai said the management had ignored their demand and refused to hold talks.