Yangon factory workers given three days to withdraw salary

Factory workers in Yangon will be given three days during the stay-home period to leave their homes to withdraw their salaries. Cut-Make-Pack (CMP) workers will be able to withdraw their wages for September starting Thursday [October 8], according to the Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM). “The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce […]

Thousands of workers face financial difficulty in Bago

The closure of 47 factories in Bago Region until October 11 will cause financial problems for tens of thousands of workers according to Ma Honey, chair of the Bago textile labour union and representative of the Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar. “All work has been suspended. Workers are usually paid on the fifth of […]

More Myanmar workers suffer abuse in Thailand, group says

Thai companies are abusing the rights of more Myanmar workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a migrant aid group in the neighbouring country. Ko Ye Min, spokesperson for the Aid Alliance Committee for Myanmar Workers, said the abuses ranged from unpaid wages to forced evictions. “More and more, the rights of Myanmar workers in […]

Companies asked to delay bringing in workers from covid-hit Myanmar

Health authorities will ask businesses to delay bringing in workers from Myanmar, amid reports of a wave of Covid-19 infections there. Sophon Iamsirithavorn, chief of the Communicable Disease Division, said on Friday there was a rise in the number of coronavirus disease cases reported in several countries. This included Myanmar, where most cases were reported […]

EU Myan Ku Fund pays over 45,000 Myanmarese workers

Myanmarese garment workers who have lost jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue receiving financial assistance through a €5 million (7.9 billion MMK) European Union (EU) emergency cash fund ‘Myan Ku’. Between May 1 and August 3, halfway through the initiative, the fund has distributed emergency cash payments worth €2.5 million to 45,061 workers. The […]

All Homecoming Migrant Workers Must Stay in Quarantine Centers: Myanmar Govt

angon – Myanmar’s government has urged all migrant workers who are hoping to return home overland to wait for two weeks or face quarantine upon arrival. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said quarantine centers were being prepared to hold returnees for 14 days. No more returnees will be allowed to head straight to their homes […]

Myanmar stops sending workers abroad

The government has directed all overseas employment agencies to stop processing applications for people seeking to work abroad starting on Wednesday, said the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation. U Sai Sithu, head of information at the federation, said the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population issued the directive on Tuesday as part of the effort […]

Thousands of Myanmar workers rally for higher minimum wage

Thousands of workers in Yangon on Sunday took to the streets to demand an increase in the minimum wage to K9800 ($6.66) ahead of the review of the country’s new minimum wage law. Ko Thwin Aung, chair of Myan Mhu garment workers union, said the current minimum wage of 4800 is below the cost of […]

Myanmar migrant workers in 2019 exceed 300,000

Over 305,000 people went overseas for work during 2019 according to the data from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. Monthly numbers of workers going abroad from January to November 2019 are 23,235 in January, 22,523 in February, 22,534 in March, 20,766 in April, 30,326 in May, 26,787 in June, 30,826 in July, 33,805 […]

What it’s really like working in a world-class power plant in Myanmar

The first thing that strikes anyone approaching the Myingyan power plant is its size. Given that it can generate enough energy to meet the power needs of over five million people, its scale is hardly surprising. But what do its over 70 strong workforces actually do inside it? To find out what goes on at […]