Friday, 7 September 2012

Myanmar new gov't creates job opportunities for 450,000 people

China's Global Times reports on the job market in Myanmar:
Myanmar's new government has created job opportunities for 450,000 people during its one and a half year's tenure since taking office in March 2011... Small and medium enterprises such as garment and footwear factories, which account for 90 percent of local and foreign investment, brought most job opportunities for the people... The government is giving priority to investors who invest in those projects that can create most job opportunities for the locals. There are 14 million people at home and abroad unemployed, accounting for 23 percent of the overall population... Meanwhile, a large number of Myanmar youth graduates of various nationalities from both urban and rural areas are working abroad... The growing number of migrant workers is attributed to the lack of jobs and inadequacy of families, high cost of living, lack of health care guarantee, lack of workers rights and exploitation over salaries by employers and brokers, it was blamed... In March, Myanmar's parliament approved the Labor Organization Law, which covers protecting employees' rights, setting up good relationship between employers and employees as well as forming labor associations systematically and freely.

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