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 […]

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 […]

Gap Audit Reveals Issues at Myanmar Garment Factories

YANGON — An audit conducted for clothing retailer Gap Inc. identified issues with working conditions, health and safety at two factories in Myanmar that are now producing garments for the United States-based company. Measures have been taken to address the so-called “compliance issues” at the Gap-supplying factories, according to a comprehensive new report compiled by […]

Low Wages in Burma Threaten Thailand’s Hold on Japanese Investors

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front, second left) visits the Myanmar International Terminals Thilawa (MITT) port outside Rangoon on May 25, 2013. (Photo: Reuters) Japan’s industrial investors stayed with Thailand through the army coups, the Bangkok-paralyzing massed Red-Shirt protests, and the mismanaged floods of 2011 that swamped so many Japanese-owned factories. But a huge labor […]