Yangon to conduct own survey to determine minimum wage

The Yangon Region government will conduct its own survey starting next week to gather data that would help in determining the country’s next minimum wage, a regional labour official said Wednesday.

U Khin Maung Thwin, secretary of Minimum Wage Committee and regional officer of Department of Labour, said the data collection will start on Monday in six townships and data will be collected for 18 days.

The townships where the survey will be conducted are Hlaing Tharyar, Shwe Pyi Thar, Mingaladon, Dagon Myothit Seikkan, Dagon Myothit (East) and Thilawa Special Economic Zone.

It will prioritise data gathering on garment, food and commodity sectors.

“We have to collect data first. We can set a rate only when we know how much the labour cost per day,” said U Khin Maung Thwin. “We need to get the right data from labour.”

Six groups comprising of employer representatives, labour representatives, experts and people from departments in the Yangon Region Committee on Minimum Wage will conduct the survey.

The results of the survey will be released at the end of the month.

Under the country’s labour law the minimum wage needs to be reviewed every two years. The last minimum wage set at K4800 ($3.30) per eight-hour work day was implemented in May 2018. A new wage will be set in May 2020.

The National Level Minimum Wage Committee, which includes representatives from employers, workers and government, will discuss if the current wage needs to be increased.

On Monday, the Confederation of Trade Union of Myanmar said that it will push for the increase in minimum wage to K7200 for eight hour work.

But U Htet Hnin Aung, general secretary of the Myanmar Craft & Services Trade Unions Federation, said that they would be conducting their own study and will come out with their own proposal.

Source: Myanmar Times

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