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 […]

Minimum wage war in Myanmar

Factory owners are under pressure to raise worker wages but any dramatic rise could discourage foreign brands from investing in the low-cost nation When Myanmar passed its first minimum wage in September 2015, the legislation was widely hailed as a landmark achievement for labor rights and clear sign the country was firmly on the path […]

Minimum wage law retains few fans

One of this year’s most notable events is enactment of a daily minimum wage of Ks 3,600 following a series of strikes and protests by factory workers and labourers. Protests that began in 2011 continued year after year, gaining more and more momentum. At that time, a factory worker’s salary started at just Ks 30,000 […]

Proposed minimum wage gains traction with employers

After initial rejection and amid some continued reluctance, most employers are now ready to accept the K3600 a day minimum wage, provided a few conditions are met, the Ministry of Labour said. During a meeting on July 25 with employers who had objected to the government-proposed minimum and demanded instead to pay only a K2500 […]

Swedish retailer express concern over wage implementation

Swedish clothing retailer H&M has expressed concern about delays to implement a minimum wage in Myanmar according to a statement from the company on 20 July. The company says in the statement that it,‘welcomes the efforts of the Myanmar Government to enact the Minimum Wage Law; however, we are concerned that it has not been […]

President promises to set minimum wage

The government will propose a minimum wage this month, President U Thein Sein has announced. After a 60-day period for comments and objections, the government will then set the minimum wage in advance of the elections, he said. The president set out the timetable in a letter to parliament yesterday. Following extended discussions around the […]

Burma seeks minimum wage amidst labour shortage

As foreign investors in the garment sector trickle into Myanmar/Burma, local research companies and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are undertaking a study that could prompt the country’s parliament to pass a minimum wage law by December this year. The study, for which one local participant is the Myanmar Marketing and Research Development Co (MMRD), […]