Employment agencies urge break for workers on Thai fee

The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation is urging the Labour Ministry to make it easier for migrant workers to pay the 3600-baht (K174,000) processing fee charged by the Thai government. The fee covers a work permit, health insurance, medical check-up and visa. Myanmar nationals who want to work in Thailand under an agreement between the […]

Govt to resume sending maids to Singapore, three other areas

The Labour Ministry has lifted the ban on domestic help travelling to work in Singapore and three other places, an employment agency association said on Thursday. U Peter Nyunt Maung, president of the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation, said the employment of Myanmar maids in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau would be strictly regulated. […]

Yangon jute factory fires over 300 workers, claims losses

The management of a former state-owned jute factory in Yangon on Wednesday sacked over 300 workers who have been employed for over 30 years, saying they are facing losses and will shut down the facility. “Factory officials told us they have to close the factory and dismiss us because they have been suffering losses,” said […]

Myanmar govt launches garment workers’ safety guidelines

The government of Myanmar has introduced some health and safety guidelines for workers in the garment sector in order to improve the working conditions of the employees. The guidelines have been launched by the country’s ministry of labour, immigration and population and includes instructions for handling machines, equipment and chemicals. The labour ministry along with […]

Is Hong Kong ready for return of domestic helpers from Myanmar?

More than three years after Myanmar stopped its citizens from working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong, a local lawmaker is paving the way for their return – but this time as nursing carers looking after the city’s growing elderly population. The drive, initiated by Liberal Party lawmaker Felix Chung Kwok-pan, is seen as the […]

Malaysia visa scheme negotiations hit snag

Taking a page out of the workers’ union book, overseas recruiters have found their boycott paid off. A moratorium on sending workers to Malaysia was launched after revisions to the scheme jumped the visa price and allowed a functional monopoly by funneling all applications through a single agency. Yesterday, the feuding parties managed to negotiate […]

Myanmar emphasis on productivity

MANUFACTURERS in Myanmar have been told to shift their focus to productivity, following the government’s approval of the country first minimum wage last week, said industry players. Aung Thein, vice chairman of the Myanmar Industries Association (MIA) and managing director of Nibban Electronics, said in an exclusive interview that Myanmar was still competitive in comparison […]

Licences to be issued at SEZs

Licences to invest in Myanmar special economic zones will soon be issued at One-Stop Service Centres within the zones. According to the special economic zone by-law, this provision is being introduced for the convenience of investors. One-Stop Services Centres in SEZs will provide services such as company registration, visa application, labour registration and import and […]

Thousands out of work as minimum wage kicks off

More than 1000 factory workers have lost their job in the wake of the new minimum wage, according to the Ministry of Labour. Just one factory has so far closed however. U Maung Maung Hlaing, head of the Labour Laws Inspection Department in Hlaing Tharyar township, said the Jasmine Pwint factory shuttered on August 31, […]

Myanmar slaps fresh ban on maids for Singapore

About 500 women from Myanmar have been barred in the past three weeks from leaving their country to work in Singapore as maids, said employment agencies. The Myanmar government has imposed a ban before, citing ill-treatment and abuse of maids. “We used to have about 20 maids from Myanmar coming in every week,” said Mr […]