H&M factories in Myanmar employed 14-year-old workers

Fashion retail giant says it has taken action against its two factories after new book in Sweden raises fears about working conditions in the country Swedish fashion chain H&M worked with clothing factories in Myanmar where children as young as 14 toiled for more than 12 hours a day, according to a book being published in Sweden […]

MOEAF members sign code of conduct

As controversy continues to swirl around allegations that the Myanmar government was condoning the “legal trafficking” of migrant workers to overseas jobs, it has emerged that more than 100 employment agencies have signed up to a new code of conduct. Earlier this month, Thai and Myanmar labour officials vowed to take actionagainst activist organisations that had accused them […]

Domestic Workers from Myanmar Overworked in Thailand

  CHIANG MAI, THAILAND—In Thailand, thousands of unregistered domestic workers from Myanmar face daily abuse at the hands of their employees. But now, as Myanmar opens to reform, changes are coming slowly. Is it enough to draw back a future work force? Every year, an estimated two million migrant workers from Myanmar join the Thai […]

All work and no play: Myanmar’s children prop up economy

Twelve-year-old Myat Noe dashes between tables taking orders and sweeping up cigarette butts, working for around a dollar a day in Myanmar, which has one of the worst records for child labour in the world. There are millions like Myat Noe — child workers are widely accepted in the former junta-ruled nation — who prop […]

Thousands out of work as minimum wage kicks off

More than 1000 factory workers have lost their job in the wake of the new minimum wage, according to the Ministry of Labour. Just one factory has so far closed however. U Maung Maung Hlaing, head of the Labour Laws Inspection Department in Hlaing Tharyar township, said the Jasmine Pwint factory shuttered on August 31, […]

Myanmar to pursue sustainable garment sector

Myanmar is projected by Asian Development Bank to be a middle-income country by 2030 as the country’s political and economic arenas undergo reforms to meet new challenges, said Aung Tun Thet, economic adviser to President Thein Sein at a seminar titled “Sustainable Development of Asia’s Garment and Textile Industry” in Yangon. The seminar was sponsored […]

Myanmar an option for Indian textile entrepreneurs

Favourable government policies, low wages, shorter sea route and growing garment exports make Myanmar an attractive option for Indian textile entrepreneurs, says Rajesh Kumar Shah The garment sector in Myanmar has grown enormously since the lifting of economic sanctions by Western nations in 2012, after a gap of 15 years. Today, it employs over 250,000 […]

Myanmar’s garment industry is poised to surge

Myanmar’s garment industry is expected to receive US$4 billion in foreign investment this year, following three consecutive year’s of record-breaking growth as the industry poises itself to become a major playing the global garment supply chain, officials and industry executives say. Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the newly revamped Myanmar Investment Commission, forecast that $4 […]

ILO pushes for a more proactive UMFCCI

The local chamber of commerce should be more active in pushing the debate on developing business and economic rules, rather than reactively providing feedback when approached, said International Labour Organisation liason officer Steve Marshall. “There are a whole host of issues that impact on the business, on the economy, on the society that to be […]

ILO, Myanmar to Develop Employers’ Capacity

Myanmar’s apex business association and the International Labor Organization (ILO) will launch a project for boosting the capacity of employers’ organisations in Myanmar and promoting work principles and sustainable enterprises. According to a memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed between the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and the ILO, the […]