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Roundtable discussion to share different perspectives on the minimum wage

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Six months since a minimum wage was established in Myanmar, CESD, together with its partner organisation, IDRC, brought together representatives from government, employer and employee groups, and international non-government organisations to reflect on the challenges and benefits of the minimum wage.

Minimum wage round-table discussion panelists: U Win Zaw, Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM), U Aye Lwin, Joint Secretary General, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), Thomas Bernhardt, CESD, Mi Win Thida, CESD, U Myo Aung, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLES), Ms Piyamal Pichaiwongse, Acting Liaison Officer, International Labour Organisation

Minimum wage round-table discussion panelists: U Win Zaw, Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM), U Aye Lwin, Joint Secretary General, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), Thomas Bernhardt, CESD, Mi Win Thida, CESD, U Myo Aung, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLES), Ms Piyamal Pichaiwongse, Acting Liaison Officer, International Labour Organisation

The objectives of the roundtable discussions were two-fold:

  • to improve the understanding on the challenges and benefits that different stakeholders, including companies, workers and the government, have experienced since the introduction of the minimum wage and how they have coped with the new situation.
  • to facilitate an exchange and reflection on the impacts and necessary next steps that lie ahead for the different stakeholder groups.

The roundtable discussion was structured around the following topics:

  1. First experiences with and expected impacts of minimum wage.
  2. Compliance with and enforcement of the minimum wage.
  3. Supporting the smooth implementation of the minimum wage and the role of complementary policies.
  4. Future reviews and adjustments of the minimum wage rate.

The perspectives of different stakeholder groups were presented by the following panelists:

  • U Myo Aung, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security (MoLES)
  • U Aye Lwin, Joint Secretary General, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)
  • U Win Zaw, Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM)
  • Ms Piyamal Pichaiwongse, Acting Liaison Officer, International Labor Organization (ILO)

A presentation prepared by CESD for the roundtable discussion is available via the following link:

Further information is available via the following links:

U Myo Aung, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLES), answers questions from the media during a break in discussions

U Myo Aung, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLES), answers questions from the media during a break in discussions

U Aye Lwin, Joint Secretary General, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MFFCCI) addresses the audience, with Thomas Bernhardt, CESD moderator

U Aye Lwin, Joint Secretary General, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFFCCI) addresses participants, with Thomas Bernhardt, CESD moderator

U Win Zaw, Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM), addresses participants

U Win Zaw, Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM), addresses participants

Edgard Rodriguez, Senior Program Specialist, Social and Economic Policy, IDRC Canada, opens the roundtable discussions

Edgard Rodriguez, Senior Program Specialist, Social and Economic Policy, IDRC Canada, opens the roundtable discussion

The media, together with representatives of employer and employee organisations, government and international donor organisations attended the roundtable event on 26 February 2016 at Summit Parkview Hotel, Yangon

The media, together with representatives of employer and employee organisations, government and international donor organisations attended the roundtable event on 26 February 2016 at Summit Parkview Hotel, Yangon

The CESD and IDRC labour market reform project team, together with CESD support staff

The CESD and IDRC labour market reform project team members, together with CESD support staff

 

CESD is partnering with the IDRC to support much-needed labour market reform in Myanmar

CESD is partnering with the IDRC to support much-needed labour market reform in Myanmar

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