National Wage Panel Approves K4800 Minimum Wage

The National Committee for Minimum Wage on Tuesday decided to set the basic daily salary of workers at K4800 or K600 per hour.

According to the announcement, any suggestions or objections to the stipulated rate can be forwarded to relevant state and regional committees dealing with the issue.

The national committee will set the final figure once it has studied the objections, recommendations and suggestions for changes in consultation with workers and their employers, or their representatives, and table the conclusions to the union government.  Confirmation is expected within 60 days hence.

The ongoing minimum wage is K3600, set in September 2012, but workers have been asking for a daily rate of K5600-6600.

Ko Myo Zaw, a Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar member, argued that K5600-6600 was a more reasonable figure as workers struggle with high cost of living, especially in cities.

He said prices of purified drinking water have gone up, while the owners of condos and houses located in Hlaing Tharyar Township of Yangon, where most of the industrial zones are located, were contemplating a hike in rental fees next month.

Meanwhile, the Myanmar Labour Union Federation have objected the K4800 wage per day.

“We are not satisfied with committee’s daily wages K4800. We (workers) are asking for increase in wages since we are starving. They shouldn’t ask for discount,” said U Ye Naing Win, secretary of Cooperating Committee of Trade Unions (CCTU) and a former workers representative of Central Labour Dispute Arbitration Committee.

The government and employers should survey the real living cost of workers and their families. They all should research whether the proposed  K4800 is sufficient to cover the daily living cost of workers and their families, he added.

He also said the government and employers should put in place welfare plans for the workers if they are  unable to offers salaries more than K4800.

 

Source: Myanmar Times

 

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