Myanmar govt seeks to scrap mandatory review of minimum wage

The government submitted an amendment to the country’s Minimum Wage Law on Thursday that would scrap the mandatory review of the minimum wage every two years.

Under the bill submitted to the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House), ministries will continue to review the minimum wage and change it if the country’s economic performance warrants.

U Kyaw Htwe of the hluttaw’s Immigration and Local and Overseas Labour Affairs Committee said the national committee will study the gross national product and cost of living, and submit their findings to the government.

The amendment aims to provide workers with good jobs and a better living standard, he added.

Other proposals include revising the composition of the National Committee for the Minimum Wage, which sets the minimum wage.

“I suggested that economists, labour and employment experts be on the committee,” said U Kyaw Htwe. The bill would also remove exceptions for paying the minimum wage.

“The minimum wage covers all types of business. I think it should be based on the cost of living in each region,” he said.

The current minimum daily wage is K4800 (US$3.27) and would be up for review in May.

Labour unions are calling for a K9800 daily minimum wage.

The Minimum Wage Law was enacted in 2013, and the country’s first daily minimum wage was set at K3600 in August 2015. – Translated

Source: Myanmar Times

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