Burma Removes Hundreds of Names from Blacklist

RANGOON — The names of some 600 foreign and Burmese nationals were removed from Burma’s blacklist, the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population told The Irrawaddy on Thursday. A move that was pledged by Union minister Thein Swe as part of his ministry’s 100-day plan, led to the removal of 607 names—more than 200 Burmese and 300 […]

Over Ks56m paid to 180 employees after Taiwanese employer absconded

Workers of the Unipolar garment factory at Shwe Linpan Industrial Zone in Hlaing Tharyar received their months salary and compensation yesterday. Over Ks56m was paid out to the 180 employees from the Factories & General Labor Law Inspection Department under the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population. The factory, which was opened two years ago, […]

Over 8,000 to Go to Malaysia with Original Work Visa Fee

An agreement has been made in a meeting in Naypyitaw that the 8,107 Myanmar workers who already have permission from the government will be sent to Malaysia with the original work visa fee of $6, U Kyaw Htin Kyaw, general secretary of Myanmar Foreign Employment Entrepreneurs Federation said. “Our association, the Ministry of Labor and […]

Myanmar’s workers, employers clash over minimum wage

YANGON — Myanmar’s garment manufacturers have signaled their opposition to a proposed national minimum wage of just over $3 per day, saying the increase could force factories in the vital industry to close. “With that wage, businesses cannot survive,” said Khine Khine Nwe, secretary general of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association, which represents 280 factories […]

The Rising Power of Myanmar’s Women’s Workforce

YANGON — Some 700 young Burmese women waited outside the gates of the Master Sport Shoe Factory in Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone in northern Yangon in late August. For two months they had been watching the same metal warehouse behind the locked gates of their former workplace. Some crouched on the dirt beneath bamboo and […]

Myanmar Relies on Foreign Investments to Draw Migrants, Refugees

Myanmar authorities are banking on foreign investments to generate jobs in a bid to woo back some of the country’s nearly 10 million migrant workers from neighboring countries. Senior officials from three ministries—home affairs; labor, employment and social security; and foreign affairs—held discussions with legislators last week to help check the current lack of employment […]