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Reviewing the implementation of Myanmar’s labour laws

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Since the establishment of Myanmar’s minimum wage in September 2015 (at 3,600 kyat per 8-hour day), CESD has monitored the challenges facing the implementation of the minimum wage law, and the opportunities for  more effective implementation. CESD is also undertaking a legal review of labour laws related to Myanmar’s minimum wage, including the Employment and Skill Development Law, 2013, and Social Security Law, 2012.

To support this review, CESD has been meeting with representatives from different levels of government, workers organizations and industrial zones to discuss the challenges facing labour law implementation.

Left to right: Sandi Aung Moe, CESD Research Assistant, Aung Myo Min, Research Associate, U Ko Ko Linn , Deputy Director, Department of Labour Directive, Yangon Region government, Mai Betty, Admin Asssitant, and S Kanay De, Research Associate

Left to right: Sandi Aung Myo, CESD Research Assistant, Aung Myo Min, Research Associate, U Ko Ko Linn , Deputy Director, Department of Labour, Yangon Region government, Mai Betty, Research Asssitant, and S Kanay De, Research Associate

CESD has been supporting policy making processes related to labour market reform in Myanmar with research, and consultations with responsible government departments, employer and worker organizations, and independent experts and organizations.

In June 2016, CESD met with U Ko Ko Linn, Deputy Director, Department of Labour, Yangon Region government, to discuss current challenges for implementing  labour laws.

“On the ground” issues raised included newly enacted laws, as well as older laws that were no longer suitable for current labour conditions. Discussions also involved the need for better engagement with workers, and cooperation among different government institutions to reduce labor conflicts and promote employers’ compliance with labour laws.

CESD researchers meet with U Ko Ko Linn, Deputy Director, Department of Labour Directive, Yangon Region government

CESD researchers meet with U Ko Ko Linn, Deputy Director, Department of Labour, Yangon Region government