More than 65,000 factory workers in Yangon have lost jobs amid pandemic, says regional minister

Women working in the garment sector are among the hardest hit as hundreds of factories close or sack workers At least 65,000 factory workers in Yangon have lost their jobs over the past year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a regional minister has said, with women working in the garment sector among the […]

Lawmaker urge parliament to include jail terms in labour law amendment

In 2014, Myanmar enacted an amended Labour Dispute Settlement Law. Three years later the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Population submitted a second amendment bill to Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House), which discussed and approving the amendments. The bill was then sent to Amyothar Hluttaw (Upper House). Dr. Khin Ma Gyi, an Amyothar Hluttaw Representative, urged […]

Bill committee rejects prison time for employers who break labour law

who break labour law The bill committee of the Pyithu Hluttaw (lower house) has submitted a draft Labour Dispute Law to parliament that excludes a provision for imprisonment of employers who break the law. According to the committee, the imprisonment penalty was not included in the proposal, as it was feared it could adversely affect […]

Draft Health and Occupational Safety Law submitted to Hluttaw

The draft of the Health and Occupational Safety Law written by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population has been submitted to the Hluttaw, said Minister U Thein Swe. The bill will be discussed in the coming Hluttaw session, he said at the Workplace Safety and Health Seminar on Wednesday. “It depends on the Hluttaw […]

Myanmar Labor Minister Commits to Working Toward Elimination of Child Labor

Half of Myanmar’s child laborers work in dangerous conditions for low minimum wages as the Southeast Asian country strives to eliminate the ubiquitous practice of employing young people, the country’s labor minister said Monday. “Half of Myanmar’s child laborers are working in dangerous conditions, but we can’t ask them to stop immediately,” Thein Swe, the […]

Myanmar approves first-ever national minimum wage

  YANGON: Myanmar’s government has approved the country’s first-ever national minimum wage, state media reported on Saturday (Aug 29), after months of bitter negotiations with labour groups and employers. The wage has been set at 3,600 kyat (US$2.80) “for a standard eight-hour work day” and takes effect from Tuesday, said the state-run Global New Light […]

Ministry begins living cost survey to set minimum wage

A cost-of-living survey that will help determine a national minimum wage got under way on January 26 in Yangon and Bago regions. Investigators will use questionnaires to examine the living conditions of business owners, public servants, workers earning a bare living and unemployed people. Daw Tin Tin Ye, an official with the labour department of […]

Myanmar hopes for Singapore MOU to better protect domestic maids

YANGON: Myanmar wants to initiate an agreement with Singapore, to offer better protection for its domestic maids working in the city-state. The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation hopes to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with its counterpart, the Association of Employment Agencies Singapore in one to two months. The federation has already signed an […]