Amyotha Hluttaw continues for second day with Q & A session on worker issues

Amyotha Hluttaw is being convened in Nay Pyi Taw.
Amyotha Hluttaw is being convened in Nay Pyi Taw.

THE Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s second regular session entered its second day with a question and answer session on Myanmar migrant workers, the daily minimum wage and expats working in the country yesterday.
In his response, the Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population said that the ministry has prioritised measures to protect Myanmar migrant workers and ensure their socio-economic betterment.
The Union minister said that there are 243 registered overseas employment agencies in Myanmar and that the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation has been formed, adding that actionis is being taken against undisciplined agencies based on the extents of the violations.
According to the Union minister, employment agencies are responsible for taking care of the agency workers in accordance with prescribed rules and regulations.
The Union minister added that works were being undertaken in cooperation with ASEAN member countries to ensure safe and healthy workplaces for Myanmar migrant workers vulnerable to labor exploitation and discriminatory treatment.
On the daily minimum wage (K3,600) the Union minister said that it is impossible to revise the current minimum wage that had been set at the moment as coordination with Union/Region/State committees relating to minimum wage is needed.
The National Minimum Wage Committee set a minimum wage of K3,600 for an
eight-hour work day on 29 June 2015.
He stressed the need for seeing the minimum wage from different points of view based on present commodity prices, foreign investments, employer-employee relationship, job opportunities, monetary stability and regional matters.

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