Average worker spends over K7000 daily: Yangon govt

Workers in Myanmar’s economic capital spend over K7000 (US$4.83) a day, according to a survey by Yangon Region’s Minimum Wage Committee.

U Tun Wai, the committee’s labor representative, said that workers spend K5000 to K6000 a day on food, accommodation, and family needs.

“If we add expenses for health, transportation and miscellaneous, the amount rises to over K7000,” he said.

The survey was conducted from January 1 through February 7 at factories in the Yangon townships of Hlaing Tharyar, Shwe Pyi Thar, East and South Dagon, and Dagon Seikkan.

The survey – conducted among 180 workers at garment, commodity and food factories – was part of the Yangon government’s effort to find out the cost of living of workers in preparation for minimum wage review in May, according to U Tun Wai.

On Monday, the National Minimum Wage Committee was reorganized in preparation for the review.

The committee comprises 12 government representatives, five from labor groups, five from employers, and five economic experts. The minister of Labour, Immigration and Population serves as head of the committee.

According to the Minimum Wage Law enacted in 2013, the national minimum wage must be reviewed every two years. The minimum wage was first set at K3600 per day in August 2015 and was raised to K4800 a day in March 2018.

U Kyaw Htwe, an Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) MP who chairs the Immigration and Local and Overseas Labour Affairs Committee, submitted a bill in parliament on January 30 to scrap the mandatory review of the wage every two years.

Source: Myanmar Times

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