Labour ministry officials from Thailand are due to resume talks today in Yangon with their Myanmar counterparts on the status of up to 3 million Myanmar migrant workers in the kingdom. If successful, the negotiations could lead to an agreement that would legalise the workers’ presence in Thailand, and help protect them from the bullying and gouging they say they face as a result of their uncertain status.
U Than Htwe lives in Hlaing Tharyar, a sprawling township 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of central Yangon, but his job is in downtown. Every morning he wakes up in the early hours, quickly downs a cup of tea and rushes to the bus stop at 6:30am just so he can get to his workplace by 9am.
Ten armed groups not party to the ceasefire agreement were sent special invitations to attend the first political dialogue meeting slated for January 12.
To combat increasingly aggressive and inventive thieves, police have mounted a campaign to urge jewellers to protect themselves better, by installing CCTV cameras, closing earlier and marking their valuables.
The Department of Civil Aviation is planning to issue safety regulations for drone users, deputy transport minister U Zin Yaw told the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday.
Bosses who flout labour laws should be jailed, workers’ representatives say. They want the incoming NLD government to strengthen laws that now allow rogue employers to walk away with a fine.
Factory bosses are flying in the face of rulings by the arbitration council, ignoring orders to compensate or rehire axed staffers, according to worker representatives.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says she intends to expand the peace process to include all ethnic armed groups, not just those that joined the nationwide ceasefire agreement signed in October.