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Thousands of Myanmar Workers Demand Higher Minimum Wage

YANGON—More than 5,000 workers marched on Sunday in Hlaing Tharyar Township, where Yangon’s biggest industrial zone is located, to call for higher wages ahead of an upcoming amendment to Myanmar’s minimum wage law. Under the 2013 Minimum Wage Law, the National Committee for Designating Minimum Wage has to amend the minimum wage at least every […]

Yangon Officials see High Public Interest in Land Sale

The Yangon Region government has received over the 12,000 applications for request of proposals (ROPs) for land sold by the government, a Yangon official said. There were over 15,000 application forms issued by the government when it first announced the land sale. The regional government started selling the ROP forms for K10000 (US$6.60) each on […]

Myanmar female garment workers in fear of violence

Business involved in Myanmar’s garment industry should take steps to ensure better safety and welfare of female employees, a new report recommends, as findings suggest women workers are in fear of rape and robbery. The report, ‘Women, work and violence in Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan,’ conducted by IMC Worldwide, University of Portsmouth and the International […]

Workers strike for immediate increase in minimum wage

Over500 workers of Jabp Jiawei Myanmar garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar, Yangon, organised a strike on Thursday demanding payment of the new minimum wage of K4800 (US$3.60) starting this month, according to strikers and factory officials. “We are asking for implementation of the minimum wage of K4800 since it was announced already and only needs […]

In dirt-poor Myanmar, smartphones are transforming finance

MYANMAR’S democratic transition sometimes seems marked as much by continuity as by change. Depressingly, the army continues its bloody persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the west, for example (see article). But elsewhere moves to open the country’s markets, started by the preceding military regimes, have gathered pace. New commercial and financial services are springing up. […]

Yangon government reviews cinema rental fee

Yangon Region government is reviewing the rental fee for state owned and private cinemas, Minister Daw Naw Pan Thinzar Myo for Karen Affairs said Tuesday at Yangon Region Parliament session. MP U Kyaw Zay Ya from Dagon Township asked the parliament when the regional government started renting out cinemas and stalls in Yangon Region and […]

Government to open vocational training schools for dropouts in Yangon

The Yangon government and the Ministry of Education will start collaboration in running vocational training schools in the region to help youth dropouts find gainful employment, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said. “Children who drop out from school will finally have a chance to get access to education that they can afford,” U […]

Bidding for Waste-to-Energy Plant Soon

The next energy plant which can recycle all waste and rubbish produced in Yangon will be built after calling for tenders, according to Dr Aung Myint Maw, Assistant Chief Engineer, Pollution Control and Cleansing Department of Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The cost for building the plant was equally shared by both governments while the […]

Minimum wage war in Myanmar

Factory owners are under pressure to raise worker wages but any dramatic rise could discourage foreign brands from investing in the low-cost nation When Myanmar passed its first minimum wage in September 2015, the legislation was widely hailed as a landmark achievement for labor rights and clear sign the country was firmly on the path […]

First Myanmar-Assembled Nissan Cars Go On Sale

​​ Tan Chong Motor Myanmar launched the first Nissan model assembled locally last week. The Myanmar subsidiary of a Malaysian multi-national, Tan Chong Motor has the sole right to assemble and sell Nissan vehicles in Myanmar. The firm received approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission to manufacture and assemble Nissan cars back in 2013. The […]