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Technical advice for the establishment of a minimum wage

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CESD and Myanmar Marketing and Research Development (MMRD) worked with the International Labour Organization to conduct a survey as input to the establishment of a minimum wage. Researchers collected data on existing salaries and wages, and workers’ daily expenses.

A Minimum Wage Law was approved by the Parliament of the Union of Myanmar in March 2013. The law allows for different rates to be set across sectors and regions, but provides little guidance on how to determine the most appropriate minimum wage level. For this reason, CESD, MMRD and the ILO were asked to provide technical advice and to contribute to building the Ministry’s capacity to implement the Minimum Wage Law.

The work is an example of CESD’s work with diverse stakeholders, including wage earners, civil society organisations, employers and the Ministry of Labor.