No change to minimum wage in Myanmar
The National Committee on Minimum Wage made the decision after holding tripartite talks with employers, employees and the government in accordance with Section 10, Sub-section (d) of the Minimum Wage Act-2013.
The country’s daily minimum wage was raised to Ks4,800 (US$2.67) in 2018 or Ks600 (US$0.33) per hour for an eight-hour day, and remained unchanged through 2021.
Although the Minimum Wage Law must be reviewed every two years in accordance with the sub-section (h) of Section-5, some factories had closed down, while others had to lay-off workers due to the pandemic. As such, the procedures for the Amendment of Minimum Wage Law were postponed. If the pandemic situation stabilises, a review will be carried out, said the Labour Department.
The daily minimum wage in Myanmar was Ks3,600 (US$2.0) from 2015 to 2017 before being raised to Ks4,800 (US$2.67) in 2018 and remained unchanged through 2021.
Currently, there are rumors on social media that the labour ministry has decreased the daily minimum wage to Ks3,600 (US$2.0), said the Labour Department, according to Eleven Myanmar.