Saturday, 26 October 2013

Mizzima: Wait continues for specification of new minimum wage

Mizzima reports:
U Myo Aung, Director-General of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Welfare, told Mizzima that it is hard to estimate when the new minimum wage for Myanmar workers will be announced.

DVB: Burmese migrant group files formal complaint against Thai police

DVB reports:
A Burmese human rights organisation has filed what is claimed to be the first ever formal complaint against Thai police for their alleged role in extorting Burmese migrant workers in Thailand.

Weekly Eeven: Eighty percent of Myanmar workers in Thailand losing labour rights

Eleven Media reports:
About 80 per cent of Myanmar workers in Thailand with MoU documentation are still losing their labour rights, a Thailand-based migrant workers’ rights activist told a workshop held at Judson Hall in Yangon. Despite a treaty between Myanmar and Thailand, Myanmar workers do not enjoy the rights of minimum wage, workplace conditions or even the types of jobs included in the agreement, said Sein Htay of the Migrant Workers’ Rights Network. “They go to work in Thailand officially but most of their salaries and jobs are not the same as stated in the agreement. Some have been sent to Thailand by an agency but without having a job arranged first. Another setback for legal workers is that contracts with their employers do not allow them to change their jobs,” he said. “The agents from Myanmar are not making contact with the employers in Thailand, and they are sending workers through brokers from Thailand. So they can’t do anything if a worker faces a problem,” he said. “We know some agencies who have repeatedly signed pledges to assist workers who report problems but then do nothing. Some don’t even care if their agent licence gets revoked—as long as they continue to make money and can get away with cheating.”

Friday, 18 October 2013

Myanmar Times: Lawyer to form party for farmers, workers

"Lawyer to form party for farmers, workers," Myanmar Times, 29 September 2013.

Updates on labour organising in Myanmar

Article on ongoing labour organising work in Myanmar:

"Worker organisations still struggle for rights," Myanmar Times, 10 October 2013.

Updates on migrants passports and work permits

"Myanmar migrant workers to receive two-year work visas in Thailand," Eleven News, 15 October 2013.

"Migrants to start receiving regular passports," The Irrawaddy, 16 October 2013.

On labour conditions in Myanmar's jade mines

Articles on conditions at Jade mines in Myanmar:

"Myanmar suffers from curse of the jade scorpion," Financial Review, 4 October 2013.

"Myanmar's Jade Trade, A Lucrative But Deadly, HIV-ridden Industry," International Business Times, 27 September 2013.

Migrants in the Thai fishing industry

On migrants in the Thai fishing industry:

"Ten dead Myanmar migrants found off Thai coast", AFP via Channel News Asia, 14 October 2013.

"DSI helps forced labour in Thai fishery industry," National News Bureau of Thailand, 10 October 2013.

"Thais profit from US$10 Myanmar and Cambodian slaves running US$7b fishing business," The Standard, 18 October 2013.

"Burmese ‘Slave Labor’ Continues in Thailand, Despite Bangkok Promises, The Irrawaddy, 26 September 2013.