Myanmar conducts survey on minimum wage

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Myanmar is conducting survey on setting official minimum wage level for workers, the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security said on Monday.

In cooperation with the Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar, the survey to collect information on daily expense of families, sizes of families, regional prize indices for basic commodities and income and the occupation of individual able-bodied family members is being carried out in 108 townships and is expected to complete by the end of February.

The ministry has asked organizations representing employers and employees to submit their suggestions for setting the minimum wage level by Jan. 31.

Meanwhile, the International Labor Organization (ILO) of the United Nations is also working in cooperation with the Myanmar government and local research organizations to collect the data related to workers and wages in regions as well.

The minimum wages for workers are suggested to include bonus, cost-living allowance and overtime fee and the working hours be set for eight hours a day.

Myanmar's Lower House enacted the minimum wage law in March 2013 and the government approved the related by-laws in July of the year.

Meanwhile, the parliament had also passed a motion in November 2014 calling for effectively raising salaries of state employees beginning 2015-16 fiscal year. Endi

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