Workers strike for immediate increase in minimum wage

Over500 workers of Jabp Jiawei Myanmar garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar, Yangon, organised a strike on Thursday demanding payment of the new minimum wage of K4800 (US$3.60) starting this month, according to strikers and factory officials. “We are asking for implementation of the minimum wage of K4800 since it was announced already and only needs […]

Garment Industry Must Raise Value Proposition to Stay Sustainable

2017 was a strong year for the garment export sector. During the seven months between April and November, some $1.5 billion worth of garment products were shipped out of Myanmar, bound for warehouses owned by the likes of Uniqlo and Primark in Japan and Europe, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). The pace of […]

Myanmar approves first-ever national minimum wage

  YANGON: Myanmar’s government has approved the country’s first-ever national minimum wage, state media reported on Saturday (Aug 29), after months of bitter negotiations with labour groups and employers. The wage has been set at 3,600 kyat (US$2.80) “for a standard eight-hour work day” and takes effect from Tuesday, said the state-run Global New Light […]