Labor

With Launch of Shwe Job App, Education on Factory Workers’ Rights Goes Digital

“Shwe Job”, a smart­phone app which aims to raises aware­ness on the rights of fac­tory workers and promote health and safety in the industrial workplace, was released on International Worker’s Day on May 1.Keep reading  ...

Almost 150,000 Left Myanmar to Work Abroad Last Year

More than147,000 migrant workers left Myanmar in the twelve months up to April, new figures from the labour ministry show. About 113,000 of those went to Thailand, while 25,000 sought work in Malaysia.Keep reading  ...

Inside the secret lives of women garment workers

When Ma Wutt Ye followed her doctor’s orders to take medical leave from her garment factory job in northern Mingalardon industrial zone, her boss took no sympathy. She was immediately dismissed from her position.Keep reading  ...

Workers need more time for permit application

Two migrant rights groups in Thailand – Aid Alliance Committee (AAC) and Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation – are asking the Thai government to give Myanmar workers more time to apply for their work permits.Keep reading ...

Factory Workers in Hlaing Tharyar Protest Halving of Thingyan Holiday

Hundreds of work­ers from facto­ries in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar staged protests against a govern­ment decision to halve the number of days in the an­nual Thingyan holiday.Last week, 500 workers from 15 different facto­ries held a demonstration against the government announcement that their normal 10-day Thingyan ...

Workers want 10-day Thingyan holiday

More than 5000 workers representing the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) marched to the city centre yesterday to demand 10 days of holidays during the Thingyan water festival.Keep reading ...

Workers to be sent for S Korean fishing industry

Myanmar plans to send workers for the fishing industry in South Korea as there is a demand for labour in that sector, said U Thein Win, director of the Migration Affairs Department under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.Keep reading ...

Fund to Prevent Deaths at Work Making Headway in Myanmar

A business leader has urged the or­ganisers of an in­ternational scheme aimed at reducing deaths and injuries in global supply chains to set up a safety training school in Myan­mar.The Vision Zero Fund, founded in 2015 and backed by G7, a group of the world’s ...

Local Man Opens Rakhine’s First Garment Factory ‘to Stop Migration to Other Regions’

A local entrepre­neur in Rakhine has started what he says is the area’s first garment factory in a bid to prevent people emi­grating from the impover­ished state.Keep reading ...

Garment Industry in Denial About Its Child Labour Problem

A garment indus­try body has said reports that chil­dren are making clothes in Myanmar’s factories are damaging the coun­try’s image and has urged people to view the rev­elations with scepticism, despite widely publicised evidence that workers as young as 14 had made clothes for foreign ...

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