Employment & Labour Law

Government makes it Official: Basic wage is K4800

Date: 15 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government ratified on Monday the new daily minimum wage K4800 (US$3.60) or K600 per hour for an eight-hour day after a nearly four-month delay since the National Tripartite Committee made the recommendation in January. U Nyunt Win, spokesman of the  Labour, Immigration and Population Ministry, said the new minimum wage took effect on Monday, despite objections from both labour and employers. He said the workers will now be paid at least the new wage and overtime pay.

“We ratified the new minimum wage after long consideration, and it was agreed to by most committee members. We decided that this should be the rate,” he said.

He added that the new wage will not affect enterprises that employ 10 people or fewer.

U Myo Zaw, a member of Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar, said workers really need a K6000 daily wage, and they now must try to work more overtime in order to ensure a decent living for their families.

“I think labour protests will be taking place if employers reduce the overtime hours that employees can work after the new minimum wage is enforced,” he said.

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