Employers Reject Workers’ Call for Higher Minimum Wage

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Dr Khin Maung Aye, a central executive committee member of Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association, told the media that employers were only in a position to pay a daily minimum wage of between K4,000 and K4,200.

He was speaking at a ceremony to present certificates at the Construction Central Training School in Thuwunna in Yangon on Saturday.

“It is impossible for entrepreneurs to pay the daily minimum wage of K5,600 demanded by workers. The garment industry earns money in foreign currency and then has to change it and pay salaries to workers,” he said.

“The payment of salaries to workers is based on currency exchange rates and the production capacity of workers. Most employers can pay a daily minimum wage of K4,000. This is said to be the desire of garment entrepreneurs and it is a suitable rate.”

Employers will submit their proposal at a workshop on setting the minimum wage rate to be held in Yangon on December 23.

On December 3, workers from Yangon and Bago staged a protest march in Hlaingtharyar Township, demanding a minimum wage of K5,600 due to high commodity prices.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

 

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