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 […]

Taiwan turns to Myanmar to fill labour shortage

As Indonesia has decided to gradually stop sending domestic workers overseas, Taiwan is looking to Myanmar to fill the gap. TAIPEI: Taiwan may soon face a labour shortage, after Indonesia decided to gradually stop sending domestic workers overseas. The city is now looking to Myanmar to fill the gap. Most of the migrant workers are […]

EU Aims to Strengthen Myanmar’s Garment Sector

The European Union (EU) will provide up to €2 million in funding to promote CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities of Myanmar’s garment industry. “The support will be provided in collaboration with UMFCCI (Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry) while we will make sure the funds are not used for purposes that […]

Prospect for manufacturing in Myanmar

YANGON — As chairman of the Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone, U Myat Thin Aung understands the challenges facing Myanmar’s manufacturing sector. Despite concerns about whether local manufacturers will be able to compete when the country becomes part of the Asean Free Trade Area next year, however, Hlaing Tharyar—Yangon’s largest industrial zone, with nearly 600 factories […]

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 […]

ILO pushes for a more proactive UMFCCI

The local chamber of commerce should be more active in pushing the debate on developing business and economic rules, rather than reactively providing feedback when approached, said International Labour Organisation liason officer Steve Marshall. “There are a whole host of issues that impact on the business, on the economy, on the society that to be […]