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.
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:
- First experiences with and expected impacts of minimum wage.
- Compliance with and enforcement of the minimum wage.
- Supporting the smooth implementation of the minimum wage and the role of complementary policies.
- 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:
- Half a year into Myanmar’s minimum wage: Looking back, forging ahead (PDF; English language; 22 slides; 393 Kb)
Further information is available via the following links:
- CESD’s press release, Half a year into Myanmar’s minimum wage – looking back, forging ahead. 26 February 2016
- Media report: MITV, Minimum wage: impacts 6 months on (26 February 2016)