No plans to change min­i­mum wage: labour min­is­ter

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Khant Lin Oo

THE min­i­mum wage, cur­rently set at K3600 for an eight-hour work­day, will not be raised any time soon, Union Min­is­ter for Labour, Im­mi­gra­tion and Pop­u­la­tion U Thein Swe said yes­ter­day.

The claim came in re­sponse to a ques­tion from Shan State Amyotha Hlut­taw MP U Zaw Min Latt (Na­tional League for Democ­racy).

“Wages for do­mes­tic labour­ers should not be re­duced to at­tract FDI [for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment],” he said. “It re­quires cre­at­ing a trans­par­ent po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, a proper man­age­ment sys­tem, and strong pol­icy.”

The Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage De­ter­mi­na­tion Com­mit­tee, which formed in De­cem­ber of 2013 and is tasked with set­ting the min­i­mum amount, dis­cussed the mat­ter at its state and re­gional lev­els. Cur­rently, there is no plan to amend the min­i­mum wage, which was fi­nalised among much con­tention last Septem­ber.

The Union min­is­ter added that in ad­di­tion to the work­ers’ ba­sic liv­ing re­quire­ments, the wage must also take into ac­count com­mod­ity prices, for­eign in­vest­ment lev­els, fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity, and em­ploy­ers’ needs.

U Zaw Min Latt said, “If do­mes­tic labour has to work at the cur­rent min­i­mum rate in the FDI jobs, there will be labour protests, which can dam­age na­tional peace and de­vel­op­ment.”

“Also, the rate will not be at­trac­tive to mi­grant work­ers,” he added.

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