Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Myanmar Times: Business leaders promote workers' rights

The Myanmar Times reports:
The Myanmar Women’s Entrepreneur Association has launched a code of conduct intended to reduce disputes and friction between employers and employees as well as promote workers’ rights.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Myanmar Times: Raw deal for Myanmar's seamen

The Myanmar Times reports:
Myanmar sailors say they are being forced out of work by corrupt agents and brokers who get unqualified workers low-paying jobs on foreign vessels.

The OECD on Myanmar reforms

The International Business Times reports:
The proportion of Myanmar’s working-age population may soon begin to decline, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), just when the country, after transitioning to a more democratic government, is on the precipice of rapid economic development with recent inflow of foreign investment and concentrated effort to improve its infrastructure.

Thai government extends migrant registration deadline

The National News Bureau of Thailand reports:
The Ministry of Labour is extending a deadline for undocumented migrant workers to become legal by 1 year.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

DVB: Migrant schools face closure amid funding cuts

DVB reports:
More than two dozen migrant schools in western Thailand face closure as international donors continue to slash funding for groups on the Thai-Burma border, a local NGO has warned.

Phuket Wan: Arrest of Burmese Sex Workers Complicates Life at Shelter

The Phuket Wan reports:
Ten young Burmese women, six of them underage, have been arrested in raids on a floating sex farm and a land-based brothel north of Phuket, Phuketwan has learned.

Myanmar migrants "suspected of torching factory"

The Nation reports:
Foreign workers suspected of torching factory

Forensic police are pouring over the remains of a Saha Farms chicken processing plant in Lop Buri that was destroyed by a suspicious blaze that broke out late Saturday night.

"The inspection results would be known in a few days," Pol Lt Charnwut Ruengjab, who was working on the case, said yesterday.

While local police and provincial authorities have refused to comment on possible causes, migrant workers have been frustrated by the non-payment of their daily wages for two months.

Increased demand for (and migration of) Myanmar workers to Thailand

The Irrawaddy reports:
Thai demand for Burmese migrant workers is on the rise and the Federation of Overseas Employment Agencies has received requests to send 5,000 migrant workers per month to Thailand, up from 3,000 workers in previous months, Eleven Media reports. Workers sent through a Burmese labor agency are supposed to earn a daily wage of US $10, but often they are paid less, as Thai employers try to recoup transport, visa and other costs of bringing in a worker. The federation’s chairman Ming Hlaing said workers “have to repay 1,000 baht [$30] per month from their salaries for 10 months. But the employers take more than the amount which is agreed upon in the contract.”
Eleven Media reports:
The number of Myanmar migrant workers going to Thailand has significantly increased during these months despite unfair payment there, according to sources from overseas employment agencies. The Federation of Overseas Employment Agencies said employers from Thailand has also increased asking for more workers from Myanmar, requesting over 5000 workers a month now. They previously had asked for 3,000 workers a month.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

The Irrawaddy: Japanese Firm Closes China Factories, Relocates to Cheaper Rangoon

The Irrawaddy's Burma Business Roundup reports:
Japan is gearing up to make Burma the new sweatshop of Asia, said a report by The Economist citing the case of Famoso Clothing, which is closing its factories in China and moving operations to Rangoon.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

The Irrawaddy: Thai Police in Chiang Mai Arrest 200 Burmese Migrant Workers

The Irrawaddy reports:
Authorities in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, have been rounding up more than 200 Burmese migrant workers on allegations that they are involved in crimes or lack legal permits to stay in the country.
Migrant rights groups complain however, that Thai authorities have started a major crackdown on registered or unregistered Burmese migrants.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Protests against labour brokers in Myawaddy

The Irrawaddy reports on recent protests against labour brokerage companies in Myawaddy, over delays in processing the MoU passports for migrants to work in Thailand.

"Myawaddy's first worker protest," The Irrawaddy, 28 June 2013

Monday, 1 July 2013

France 24: Rampant child labour in Burma

France 24 reports on child labour in Myanmar:
In Burma, it is not at all unusual for a child to serve you tea at a cafĂ©. Child labour remains a major problem in the country, even as it opens up to the rest of the world.