Malaysia visa scheme negotiations hit snag

Taking a page out of the workers’ union book, overseas recruiters have found their boycott paid off. A moratorium on sending workers to Malaysia was launched after revisions to the scheme jumped the visa price and allowed a functional monopoly by funneling all applications through a single agency. Yesterday, the feuding parties managed to negotiate […]

Myanmar emphasis on productivity

MANUFACTURERS in Myanmar have been told to shift their focus to productivity, following the government’s approval of the country first minimum wage last week, said industry players. Aung Thein, vice chairman of the Myanmar Industries Association (MIA) and managing director of Nibban Electronics, said in an exclusive interview that Myanmar was still competitive in comparison […]

Licences to be issued at SEZs

Licences to invest in Myanmar special economic zones will soon be issued at One-Stop Service Centres within the zones. According to the special economic zone by-law, this provision is being introduced for the convenience of investors. One-Stop Services Centres in SEZs will provide services such as company registration, visa application, labour registration and import and […]

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 slaps fresh ban on maids for Singapore

About 500 women from Myanmar have been barred in the past three weeks from leaving their country to work in Singapore as maids, said employment agencies. The Myanmar government has imposed a ban before, citing ill-treatment and abuse of maids. “We used to have about 20 maids from Myanmar coming in every week,” said Mr […]

Myanmar police officers injured freeing hostages in factory rally

YANGON: Nine Myanmar police officers were injured as they sought to free officials held hostage by dozens of angry workers demanding wages and compensation after their factory was shuttered, authorities said on Thursday (Sep 18). More than 150 former staff descended on the Master Sport shoe facility on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday, demanding […]