Myanmar’s Garment Factories Face Closure as Coronavirus Blocks Supplies

Yangon – Myanmar’s garment factories are facing the risk of shutdown as the coronavirus in China has restricted imports of raw materials, according to the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA). Myanmar imports up to 90 percent of raw materials from China and the rest from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and South Korea for the garment industry […]

Myanmar labour group to propose increase in minimum wage

Labour organisations will propose an increase in the country’s minimum wage when the National Committee for Minimum Wage holds meeting later in the year. The Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) has conducted a survey on the cost of living and the cost of health of a worker in Yangon, Bago, Mandalay, Magwe and […]

Myanmar Workers to Push for Higher Minimum Wage

YANGON—The Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar (CTUM) is bringing a proposal to raise the minimum wage from 4,800 kyats (US$3.19) to 7,200 kyats per day to the National Committee for the Minimum Wage. The CTUM recently conducted surveys in Yangon, Bago, Mandalay, Sagaing and Magwe regions and Shan, Kachin and Karen states, calculating the […]

Minimum Wage Fails to Keep Up With Cost of Living, Myanmar Labor Group Says

YANGON – While the current minimum wage is just 4,800 kyats (US$3.15) per day, the average cost of living per day is between 7,000 and 9,000 kyats, according to a survey by the Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar (CTUM). The CTUM has been conducting the survey to support adjustments to the minimum wage. The […]

Dilemma on minimum wages could lead to better productivity

Concern is rising among employers over demands that the minimum wage be raised to K4,800- K6,600 ($4-$5.20) per day from K3,600 per day currently. That’s a potential increase in wages of more than 80 percent, a move which, if implemented, could put many companies out of business. The Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar (CTUM), […]

Workers Left in Lurch By Overseas Employment Agency Seek Compensation

Eighteen Myanmar migrant workers are seeking additional compensation from the Perfect Company employment agency over what they say is its failure to accept responsibility for the joblessness to which they were subjected upon arriving in Thailand. That denial is in violation of an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding (MoU), the workers and the Confederation of Trade […]