Can you privatize development aid? Germany is trying, in Myanmar

Germany’s development ministry wants more private businesses to get involved in international projects. A visit with one such project in Myanmar highlights the opportunities — and the pitfalls. The richest and most famous people in Mandalay are all here. They’re meeting on the top floor of a decrepit shopping center: the gold mine owner, the […]

The Chicken & Egg problem – raise Minimum Wage first or Productivity?

  The decision by the National Committee for Designating Minimum Wage on January 2nd to increase the minimum wage has left many in the garment industry dissatisfied. Union officials believed that the new minimum wage of K4800 was not enough to cover the increasingly high cost of living, especially in the cities. Instead, they advocated […]

New basic wage may take effect in April

The National Minimum Wage Council has sought the approval of the president for the new minimum wage of K4800 (US$3.60) per day to be enforced starting in April, a member of the committee told The Myanmar Times. “All the committee members, including the committee chair union minister, has proposed the wage to come into force […]

Myanmar to raise minimum wage by 33%

YANGON — Myanmar will raise its minimum wage by one-third to 4,800 kyat ($3.63) per day, a move that will affect the country’s labor-intensive exporting industries like garment manufacturing and food processing. A panel of representatives from the government, labor and management proposed the wage hike in early January. During the 60-day public debate period, […]

Minimum wage set at Ks4,800 per day

The National Committee on Minimum Wage announced yesterday that Ks4,800 per day, at the rate of Ks600 per hour, has been established as the minimum wage. The official announcement signed by Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe came yesterday following a meeting of the committee on 29 December. The new minimum […]

Myanmar labour issues from perspective of enterprise

Myanmar labour issues from the perspective of enterprises: Findings from a survey of food processing and garment manufacturing  enterprises. Over the past decade, Myanmar’s economy expanded rapidly and there is widespread agreement that the country has a huge potential for continued rapid development in the future. At the same time, a key challenge is to […]

Laukkai casinos thrive under military

Despite nine months of military rule and being declared illegal, the notorious casinos of Laukkai are still thriving in the conflict-torn region on the border with China. In their crisp uniforms, the hundreds of young men and women who work as croupiers have become a well-recognised symbol of the town. Police officers of the Kokang […]

Camera factory workers strike over allowance

Workers at a camera lens factory in Pyin Oo Lwin township, Mandalay Region, walked off the job because they say the introduction of the minimum wage has led to their pay being cut. The strike is the latest in which workers say factory owners have responded to the minimum wage law by apparently cutting allowances […]

Shwe Pyi Thar workers launch hunger strike

Angered that the establishment of a national minimum wage has led to effective pay cuts of about 30 percent, workers from the Han Jen garment factory in Yangon’s Shwe Pyi Thar township have mounted a hunger strike. They are demanding the reinstatement of the allowances and bonus the management abolished when the minimum wage came […]

Myanmar garment workers long for ‘manufacturing renaissance’

YANGON, Myanmar – Wearing an expression of intense concentration, Myanmar garment worker Htet Myat Nyein stitches jackets bound for wealthy foreign high streets, part of a booming industry fuelling much of the country’s modernization drive. “I learned to sew at this factory,” she tells the Agence France-Presse, her soft voice almost lost in the clatter […]