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Nissin Electric shifting production to Myanmar from Thailand, Vietnam

Metal parts and equipment maker Nissin Electric Co of Japan will build a plant in Myanmar, relocating some production processes from its factories in Thailand and Vietnam to cut labour costs in its contract manufacturing business. The company said early this week it will form a joint venture with Hosoda Holdings Co, a Japanese trader […]

Workers demonstrate in Mandalay

Workers in Mandalay Region held a protest to demand the appointment of a new regional labour minister and urged officials to pay attention to labour affairs. Led by Myanmar Industries, Crafts and Services (MICS) Trade Union Federation, about 300 workers from 20 factories in the industrial zone staged a protest march last Saturday. “Under the […]

Myanmar CMP garment exports to touch $2.2bn in 2017

Cutting, making and packaging (CMP) garment exports from Myanmar are likely to fetch around $2.2 billion this year, as local companies have bagged more number of orders from the EU and Japan, according to Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association. Apparel orders from the EU have especially increased after reinstatement of GSP rights by the EU. In […]

H&M supply factory in Myanmar damaged in violent labour protest

Workers demanding better conditions and benefits have destroyed the production line of a Chinese-owned factory in Myanmar making clothes for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, in one of the most violent labour disputes in the country in years. The month-old dispute, which also saw managers attacked, highlights the need for Aung San Suu Kyi’s […]

Myanmar sets up new committee to revise minimum wage

The Government of Myanmar has set up a new committee, replacing an existing body, to study and revise the minimum wage in the country. The current minimum wage of K3,600 per day was set by the previous government in September 2015. The new committee includes financial experts, ministries and representatives from labour and employer groups. […]

Myanmar to launch single-stop inspections at borders with neighbouring countries

Single-stop inspections will be deployed at border gates between Myanmar and neighbouring countries to prevent illegal trade, said Union Minister for Commerce Dr Than Myint yesterday. The Union minister told Amyotha Hluttaw that discussions are ongoing with China and Thailand to launch the single-stop inspection system at border crossings. The system is aimed at avoiding […]

Over 8,000 to Go to Malaysia with Original Work Visa Fee

An agreement has been made in a meeting in Naypyitaw that the 8,107 Myanmar workers who already have permission from the government will be sent to Malaysia with the original work visa fee of $6, U Kyaw Htin Kyaw, general secretary of Myanmar Foreign Employment Entrepreneurs Federation said. “Our association, the Ministry of Labor and […]

H&M, Global Union Team Up to Teach Labour Relations at Suppliers

Fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz said it had agreed with IndustriALL Global Union to jointly train its direct suppliers and their workers in how to improve relations and dialogue between social partners. The Asian garment industry has been shaken by labour unrest over low wages and poor working conditions, such as pay protests in Cambodia […]

Flow of Myanmar Workers into Malaysia Rises in 2015

The number of Myanmar workers going to Malaysia has increased so far this year, according to the Department of Labour. Last year, on an average 2,150 workers per month were going to Malaysia, but this has increased to 2,430 workers per month as of May in 2015. U Kyaw Htin Kyaw, secretary of Association of […]

Wage war

Negotiations are currently being held in Rangoon which may pave the way for an official minimum wage in Burma. A workshop between employees’ representatives, international labour organisations, government officials and the parliament-appointed National Committee for National Wage (NCNW) began on Sunday at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and […]