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New housing to be built to help workers in industrial zones


Myanmar girls work in a garment factory at Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zone in Yangon, Myanmar, 10 July 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Myanmar girls work in a garment factory at Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zone in Yangon, Myanmar, 10 July 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

The Government announced on Monday that it will spend K26 billion (US$20.3 million) on building low cost housing for workers in industrial zones the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 7 September.

The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security will invite tenders this month for the project in Hlinethaya and Shwepyitha industrial zones. The housing structures will consist of several five-storey buildings on a total of 45 acres.

The move comes after around 500 workers lost their jobs after the minimum wage was set at K3,600 (US$2.80) for an eight-hour work day on 28 August. Other factories have reportedly stopped providing free transport and overtime pay in order to maximise their profits.

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