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Social welfare minister mulls building garment factories in Rakhine

The Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye urged each and every individual to cooperate in the transparent implementation of laws, rules and regulations of the government. The union minister was talking to four families who had recently been returned from refugee camps from Thailand. The union minister negotiated with […]

Over 60 factories in the city of Yangon charged with violation of labour rights

YANGON region authorities took action against more than 60 factories for violation of labour rights, according to the Factories and the General Labour Laws Inspection Department. A total of 64 factories have been charged under existing laws after authorities found that the employers of those factories broke labour related provisions. The investigators say that many […]

Myanmar garments to get US boost

Aung Thein, vice president of the Myanmar Industries Association and managing director of Nibban Electronics, welcomed the move, saying it would boost exports to the US and strengthen local industries. Garment factories would reap the most from the decision, he said. “For the time being, some well-known brands like H&M have been making some of […]

Hmawbi residents in the dark over new city

Hmawbi township feels a long way from Yangon. Located just beyond the city’s northern limits, it is well known for supplying vegetables and fruit to the markets in Myanmar’s commercial capital. The main roads are busy but the area is rural and underdeveloped. Its tallest buildings are two six-storey towers beside the Hmawbi Myot Ma […]

Yangon’s lost children

Fourteen-year-old Ma Ei Mon’s tidy hair and thanaka-daubed face belie her troubled past and confused reality: Barely a teenager, she could be studying at school, but she is already working and living far from home. Ma Ei Mon hails from Ayeyarwady Region. She was brought to Yangon by her aunt two years ago to work […]

Minimum Wage – ‘The Impact Could Come Very Quickly’

On Monday the government announced an interim minimum wage proposal for a 3600 kyats (US$3.25) per eight-hour day, a middle-ground proposal after labor unions pushed for a 4000 kyats ($3.60) base rate and factory owners unwilling to proffer anything higher than 2500 kyats ($2.25). Both labor groups and employers have two weeks to lodge objections […]

Plan to collect VAT for industries operating on CMP system

The Yangon region government plans to collect value added tax (Vat) instead of double taxation for the industries operating on CMP (cutting, making and packing) system, said Zaw Aye Maung, minister of the Rakhine Ethnic Affairs and Labour for Yangon region. “The government is collecting double taxation for the goods produced in Myanmar. They collected […]

Yangon garment workers protest for better pay, conditions

More than 2,000 workers from four garment factories in Shwepyithar Township in Yangon marched on the streets in their township to call for salary increases and better working conditions on February 9. Activists supporting the welfare of the workers said they will intensify their sit-in protests if employers fail to agree to the demands of […]

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 […]

Gov’t Sues Firms for Violating Holiday Law; Minister Pledges Better Protection for Labourers

Deputy Union Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Daw Win Maw Tun pledged to improve labour rights in Myanmar, only days after the ministry sued companies for not giving employees the day off on July 19, a public holiday. At a parliament session, Daw Win Maw Tun vowed to protect the rights of workers […]