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Employment agencies urge break for workers on Thai fee

The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation is urging the Labour Ministry to make it easier for migrant workers to pay the 3600-baht (K174,000) processing fee charged by the Thai government. The fee covers a work permit, health insurance, medical check-up and visa. Myanmar nationals who want to work in Thailand under an agreement between the […]

Construction sites struggle as skilled workers head overseas

Daw Hay Mar, a trader, can only shake her head when talking about the high expenses she incurred in constructing a storage building and workers quarters because of poor workmanship. She said her nightmare started when she hired a group of construction workers in her neighbourhood for the job. Daw Hay Mar said the building […]

Dept warns migrant workers about fraudulent job agencies

The Department of Labour Migration has warned workers seeking overseas job to be wary of fraudulent employment agencies that operate without licenses. In an announcement on Tuesday, the department, which is under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, urged workers to check with the authorities about the authenticity of such agencies. The warning comes […]

Traditional Myanmar Face Paste Now Cool in Thailand

BANGKOK — A traditional skincare ingredient has taken a seldom-traveled road — from Myanmar to Thailand. It is rare for a Myanmar trend to cross the Thai border. But thanaka has found its way and taken hold of at least two cosmetics makers in the kingdom. Thanaka is a traditional paste made from ground bark […]

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 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 […]

Workers Left in Lurch By Overseas Employment Agency Seek Compensation

Eighteen Myanmar migrant workers are seeking additional compensation from the Perfect Company employment agency over what they say is its failure to accept responsibility for the joblessness to which they were subjected upon arriving in Thailand. That denial is in violation of an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding (MoU), the workers and the Confederation of Trade […]

Maligned private Malaysian visa centre will not be terminated

One Stop Center (OSC), a Malaysian visa application service, will not be terminated unless the Malaysian government comes up with a better plan for handling illegal migrant workers, Malaysian ambassador to Myanmar Mohd Haniff Abd Rahman told The Myanmar Times on August 12. “The main reason is that security for our country is very important to us,” […]

Malaysia – Visa fee increase waived for thousands of Myanmar workers

More than 2,400 Myanmar workers who are in the middle of processing their visas will get their visa fees waived due to an ongoing dispute between Myanmar and Malaysia over the visa fee. These 2,400 workers will have their applications processed under a previous payment schedule which had less expensive fees, according to the Myanmar […]

Myanmar hopes for Singapore MOU to better protect domestic maids

YANGON: Myanmar wants to initiate an agreement with Singapore, to offer better protection for its domestic maids working in the city-state. The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation hopes to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with its counterpart, the Association of Employment Agencies Singapore in one to two months. The federation has already signed an […]