Race to Unlock Yangon’s Gridlock

On a repurposed bus still bearing Korean-language transit maps, Mr Soe Than navigates service No. 4 through rush-hour Yangon. Powerful air-conditioning keeps the mix of students, labourers and office workers cool even though bus attendants hang off the side of the vehicle through an open rear door. But it’s a long, jerky ride to the […]

Migrant worker agencies to be graded on adherence to labour standards

A committee will be formed to prevent abuses by and protect migrant workers against unscrupulous overseas employment agencies, according to the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation. Committee members will include a representative from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, an anti-trafficking police officer, a legal expert, a labour expert, a representative from overseas employment […]

Myanmar’s textile workers pay the price for Australia’s fast fashion addiction

Textile workers in Myanmar struggle to make ends meet as big brands such as H&M move their production to the country chasing the lowest price of production. Garment workers in Myanmar are struggling to cover everyday living costs while factory owners enjoy the surge in demand from the global fashion brands expanding into Australia. Ma […]

Myanmar Unsure of Sending Workers to Malaysia

The Myanmar government has not given a deadline for sending workers to Malaysia although the worker ban has been lifted for more than 6 months, according to officials of the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Affairs. “We have been waiting for a comment from the foreign affairs ministry. Whether or not the workers should be […]

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 […]

Yangon Workers will Enjoy Thingyan Break

​​ Ministry of Labour yesterday discussed Thingyan holidays with employers at the office of Union of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry –UMFCCI, in Yangon and agreed to have a 10-day break for the workers in the Yangon Region during the Thingyan water festival. The Union government announced on March 10 that they may half […]

Draft foreigner laws worry experts, expats

Two draft laws concerning foreigners are sending shockwaves through the expat community and could undermine the government’s stated priorities in attracting responsible foreign investment and promoting a human rights agenda, lawyers and business experts say. Both the draft Law Concerning Foreigners and the Foreign Worker Law are pegged as priorities for the next Pyidaungsu Hluttaw […]

Labour Official Upbeat on Migrants-to-Malaysia Restart But no Date Set

​​ A suspension on sending migrant workers from Myanmar to Malaysia will be lifted when political conditions in the latter improve and the safety of labourers can be better assured, according to U Thein Win, director of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population’s Migrant Affairs Department. The decision earlier this week to cut off the […]

Govt Hunts Down Illegal Immigrants in Yangon

The Yangon authorities will investigate Ks 5,000 (US$3.8) shops to know whether they harbour illegal immigrants today (November 28), sources say. The operation began after Yangon Minister Zaw Aye Maung for Rakhine ethnic affairs stated  that he would take action against illegal immigrants in Yangon at a regional parliamentary session. The Yangon City Development Committee […]

E-visa available to tourists, business visitors at three border crossings from today

ELECTRONIC visas for tourists and business visitors will be allowed at the Myanmar-Thailand border crossings in Tachilek, Myawady and Kawthaung as of today according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population on Tuesday. Further information is available on the website https:// www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. The Ministry began e-visa services for tourists entering the country via Yangon […]