Minister holds talks on union law

Union leaders on March 14 met Labor Minister Ith Samheng to discuss concerns about the Trade Union Law adopted in May last year. Pav Sina, the president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, told Khmer Times that Mr. Samheng agreed to hold the meeting to ...

Employers seek delay in garment pay reform

Plans to pay garment workers twice a month will be difficult for employers to implement, industry representatives have warned. The Labor Ministry is amending laws so companies will be required to pay staff twice a month, in a bid to protect workers from being abandoned by ...

Myanmar garment industry body denies use of child labour in factories

Despite recent international reports which accused some garment factories in Myanmar of labour abuses, top executives of Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association said last week that the industry did not accept the use of child labour, in line with the standards of International Labour Organisation. Some international ...

MGMA disputes Guardian accusations of labour abuse

The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association has hit back at international news outlets over alleged child labour and labour abuse issues. Members of the MGMA have accused those news reports as “unacceptable” and “not accurate” at a press conference held on 6 March in Yangon. “Their ...

Unemployment edging up, NESDB says

Although unemployment was still quite low in 2016 at 0.99 per cent, it has been relentlessly climbing, with rates of 0.8 per cent in 2013 and 0.9 per cent in 2014 and 2015. The National Economic and Social Development Board said on March 6 that January’s unemployment ...

Workers slam eroding conditions for women

Proposed legislation to eliminate some favourable conditions for female workers has met with resistance by both workers and employer. If approved, the draft Labour Code for 2018 would remove the favourable terms for female workers that were regulated by the 2012 Labour Code. These include ...

Factory workers protest over rates cut in Mandalay Region

Workers at the Kan Kaung Chin Yadanar wood products factory in Mandalay Region staged a sit-in yesterday over what they described as unfair labour practices by the management. About 60 piece job wage workers who took part in the protest are demanding piece job rates ...

Minimum wage committee reformed

Myanmar has formed a national committee on minimum wage again, to improve wages in the country. The committee, which was set up last week, include financial experts, ministries and representatives from labour and employer groups. Experts and labour representatives in the committee told The Myanmar ...

Top brands boycott garment summit

Leading fashion brands including H&M and Zara will boycott a key industry conference in Bangladesh in support of garment workers who have been sacked, hunted or jailed for participating in wage strikes, the companies said on February 22. H&M, C&A, Tchibo and Inditex which owns ...

Labor Ministry lauds success

The Labor Ministry found jobs for more than 210,000 people last year, 55 percent of which were for women and 40 percent were overseas. According to a Labor Ministry report on its annual congress obtained by Khmer Times on February 19, the ministry provided occupation services ...

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