Thursday, June 14, 2012

Garment workers given minimum daily wage: Gov’t

Thursday, 14 June 2012 11:12 Mizzima News

Burmese garment factory workers, following multiple labour strikes, have been designated a basic daily wage of US$ 1.25 by the government, local media reported on Wednesday.

The basic pay plus other living allowances and rewards for good performance, will go into effect starting this month, the newspaper reported.

The working hours set for the employees are 44 hours a week while overtime will be 22 hours per week.

An estimated 36,810 workers went on strike from about 57 factories, mostly in Rangoon, during May. Most strikes were settled in negotiations; other workers are still negotiating with employers.

There have been 25 labour organizations formed under the Labor Organization Law, which permits workers to form unions and go on strike over employment issues. Prior to the law, worker unions were not allowed.

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