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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 […]

Exodus of workers grows as living costs rise in Myanmar

Despite a 30 percent hike in the daily minimum wage last year, the soaring cost of living in Myanmar is driving workers abroad for better incomes. More recently, a growing number are leaving the country illegally, braving life-threatening conditions and risking deportation to find better paying jobs in neighbouring Thailand and farther south in Malaysia. […]

Police arrest six suspected human traffickers in Yangon, cases to be filed

Police have arrested six suspected human traffickers in Yangon, a senior official of the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation (MOEAF) said yesterday. The suspects, who were arrested a day earlier during a raid at their office, were allegedly working in an employment agency that had been sending workers to Thailand without a licence, U Peter […]

Hundreds jobless as Adidas supplier shuts down amid dispute

A YANGON factory that supplies footwear to global sportswear giant Adidas has shut down after refusing to comply with an Arbitration Council ruling to reinstate a sacked workplace union member, leaving more than 700 workers jobless. The decision by the Shyang Jhuo Yue Co Ltd shoe factory to lock out its workers is in breach […]

Lawmaker urge parliament to include jail terms in labour law amendment

In 2014, Myanmar enacted an amended Labour Dispute Settlement Law. Three years later the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Population submitted a second amendment bill to Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House), which discussed and approving the amendments. The bill was then sent to Amyothar Hluttaw (Upper House). Dr. Khin Ma Gyi, an Amyothar Hluttaw Representative, urged […]

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 […]

Japan wakes up to exploitation of foreign workers as immigration debate rages

Twenty-seven-year-old War Nu left her village in central Myanmar at the end of last year bound for Japan. She had borrowed nearly $3,000 to pay an agent for a job in the garments industry here, lured not only by the offer of much higher wages but also by the chance to learn new skills in […]

Business group vows to help 7000 Yangon workers get ID cards

The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry vowed to help some 7100 workers in Yangon Region’s 14 industrial zones to get their national registration cards (NRCs), a senior executive of the organisation said. Daw Khine Khine Nwe, associate general secretary of the federation, said yesterday that his group will secure the […]