Minimum wage law retains few fans

One of this year’s most notable events is enactment of a daily minimum wage of Ks 3,600 following a series of strikes and protests by factory workers and labourers. Protests that began in 2011 continued year after year, gaining more and more momentum. At that time, a factory worker’s salary started at just Ks 30,000 […]

Proposed minimum wage gains traction with employers

After initial rejection and amid some continued reluctance, most employers are now ready to accept the K3600 a day minimum wage, provided a few conditions are met, the Ministry of Labour said. During a meeting on July 25 with employers who had objected to the government-proposed minimum and demanded instead to pay only a K2500 […]

Swedish retailer express concern over wage implementation

Swedish clothing retailer H&M has expressed concern about delays to implement a minimum wage in Myanmar according to a statement from the company on 20 July. The company says in the statement that it,‘welcomes the efforts of the Myanmar Government to enact the Minimum Wage Law; however, we are concerned that it has not been […]

President promises to set minimum wage

The government will propose a minimum wage this month, President U Thein Sein has announced. After a 60-day period for comments and objections, the government will then set the minimum wage in advance of the elections, he said. The president set out the timetable in a letter to parliament yesterday. Following extended discussions around the […]

Burma seeks minimum wage amidst labour shortage

As foreign investors in the garment sector trickle into Myanmar/Burma, local research companies and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are undertaking a study that could prompt the country’s parliament to pass a minimum wage law by December this year. The study, for which one local participant is the Myanmar Marketing and Research Development Co (MMRD), […]