Yangon gridlock

Than Htwe lives in Hlaing Tharyar, a sprawling township 20 kilometers west of central Rangoon, but his job is downtown. Every morning he wakes up in the early hours, quickly downs a cup of tea and rushes to the bus stop at 6:30 so he can get to his workplace by 9 o’clock. He meets […]

Wage war

Negotiations are currently being held in Rangoon which may pave the way for an official minimum wage in Burma. A workshop between employees’ representatives, international labour organisations, government officials and the parliament-appointed National Committee for National Wage (NCNW) began on Sunday at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and […]

President promises to set minimum wage

The government will propose a minimum wage this month, President U Thein Sein has announced. After a 60-day period for comments and objections, the government will then set the minimum wage in advance of the elections, he said. The president set out the timetable in a letter to parliament yesterday. Following extended discussions around the […]

Industrial zone’s chairman blames electricity, soaring dollar prices for labour protests

Electricity failures in industrial zones and a hike in the exchange rates against the US dollars are the main reasons for labour protests, Hlaingthayar Industrial Zone chairman Myat Thin Aung said on Tuesday. He made the comment at the anniversary meeting with entrepreneurs of Hlaingthayar Industrial Zone held at the industrial zone’s administrative office on […]