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 […]

The Ups And Downs of Myanmar’s Ferris Wheel Workers

Only the bravest festival goers dare to ride the human-powered Ferris wheels at Yae Kyaw’s Thadingyut festival each year in October. Ferris wheel workers call out to the crowd, coaxing both thrill-seekers and the faint of heart alike to take a spin, as a troupe of boys, dressed in the same monochromatic uniforms, physically turn the Ferris […]

MOEAF members sign code of conduct

As controversy continues to swirl around allegations that the Myanmar government was condoning the “legal trafficking” of migrant workers to overseas jobs, it has emerged that more than 100 employment agencies have signed up to a new code of conduct. Earlier this month, Thai and Myanmar labour officials vowed to take actionagainst activist organisations that had accused them […]

A Burmese migrant battles the odds to be his own boss

Than Wai Aung adjusts the nozzle on his hose to a fine spray, and walks slowly up and down a long row made up of hundreds of clear, plastic bags filled with wood. This is a daily ritual for the Burmese migrant, who left Yangon (also known as Rangoon) for Thailand nearly 20 years ago. […]

Myanmar aims for US duty free by 2014

Myanmar’s exporters stand to benefit from duty-free access to the United States by the end of the year under the US Generalized System of Preferences, experts say. The Ministry of Commerce said Myanmar must prove that it has improved labour rights and its property laws in line with the international standards provided by foreign institutions. […]

UN Forced Out of Billionaire Kuok’s Yangon Hotel: Southeast Asia

The United Nations is being forced out of billionaire Robert Kuok’s Traders Hotel in Yangon next month amid a tourism boom in Myanmar after housing various offices in five floors of the property since 2007. The UN signed its last lease for the hotel owned by Kuok’s Shangri-La Asia Ltd. (69) in August 2012 for […]