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 […]

Myanmar stitching a new economy

YANGON: 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 modernisation drive. “I learned to sew at this factory,” she says, her soft voice almost lost in the clatter of sewing machines at the […]

Myanmar and Cambodia to Trade Labor Arbitration Experiences

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Cambodia’s Arbitration Council will share its experiences in settling labor disputes at a series of workshops in Myanmar, a nation with a growing garment industry. The meetings will take place in the capital as well as Yangon, the country’s largest city, according to a press release from the Labor Ministry. […]

Myanmar businesses mull cost of new minimum wage

YANGON — Many workers in Myanmar are in line for a raise following the sudden introduction of a long-discussed minimum wage. For businesses, however, the government announcement has generated concerns over staffing costs and export competitiveness with rivals in neighboring economies. Since Sept. 1, Myanmar’s workers have been entitled to a mandatory minimum wage of […]

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 […]

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, […]

Mandalay’s development hampered by red tape: survey

Based on responses from the city’s business community, the survey says that Mandalay and its surrounding states and regions have better transportation links with major trading partners China, India and Thailand than its main rival, Yangon. The survey, which asked local companies how the city could develop and what challenges they faced, was conducted last […]