Yangon factory owners charged with violation of labour laws

A total of 41 businessmen were charged with violation of labour laws between January 2015 and January 2016, according to the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. U Win Shein, director general of the Factories and General Labour Laws Inspection Department, said his department and the Department of Labour Relations have charged factory owners […]

Malaysia – Visa fee increase waived for thousands of Myanmar workers

More than 2,400 Myanmar workers who are in the middle of processing their visas will get their visa fees waived due to an ongoing dispute between Myanmar and Malaysia over the visa fee. These 2,400 workers will have their applications processed under a previous payment schedule which had less expensive fees, according to the Myanmar […]

Government responds to accusations of mishandling labour protests

The Yangon Region government and Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security made announcements yesterday in response to criticism over their mishandling of workers’ protests in Yangon. After the parliament and government failed to guarantee a minimum wage for manual labourers, the momentum of the protests increased. At the beginning of February, protests by employees […]

Unemployment Rate High Despite Rise in Jobs

The number of employed people in Yangon region is set to increase by more than 33 percent this year compared with 2012, although unemployment rate still remains high, according to figures released by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. Yangon has seen a yearly increase of almost 60,000 individuals registering their employment activities […]