Myanmar garment manufacturers complete wage surveys

11 February 2020
Myanmar garment manufacturers complete wage surveys
Employees work at a garment factory in Shwe Pyi Thar, Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Garment manufacturers in the country have completed factory surveys of their own as they look to block worker attempts to secure an increase in the minimum wage which is reviewed on a biennial basis, industry website ecotextile reported.

At the beginning of the year it was announced that the government would start to research the cost of labour in its key garment, food and commodity sectors, in order to make an informed decision on whether workers should be given an increased minimum wage.

Myanmar’s National Level Minimum Wage Committee said it would push for an increase from the current sum, of about US$3.30, nearer to US$5. To counter this, native manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to collect data from around 100 factories in hopes they can influence the government’s final assessment.