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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Region(s): East Asia & Southeast Asia ; Myanmar
Myanmar Yangon government on alert for abuse of domestic workers. Myanmar Times . (8 September 2017)
By Htwe, Zaw Zaw.

"We need a law to protect workers' rights such as wages, holidays, working hours, etc. But, we [the regional government], have no authority to make laws. Thus, I would like to ask the Union ministries to enact the required law," Minister U Zaw Aye Maung said at the meeting.

The 11-point demand includes the issuing of new work permits for migrant workers, reduction in costs for the work permits and the number of required documents, the right to association, and full human rights for domestic workers.

Myanmar Thailand Domestic worker from Myanmar rescues sister from decade of slavery Coconuts Bangkok . (19 November 2015)

Thailand hosts around 3 million migrant workers, 80 percent of them from next door Myanmar. They take jobs in construction, agriculture, the seafood industry and domestic work. While many migrants work in what campaigners call "3D" jobs that are dirty, dangerous and demeaning, domestic workers can suffer the most abuse because they work behind closed doors, in isolation, hidden from public view.

Myanmar Maid death draws attention to flouting of domestic worker ban The Myanmar Times . (23 October 2015)
By Lone, Wa.

A Myanmar domestic worker in Singapore fell 18 storeys from a condominium and died on October 19, according to police reports.

Myanmar HOME mental health survey: Burmese domestic workers under duress The Online Citizen . (22 July 2015)
By Fraser, Maria.

HOME's latest report, Home sweet home? Work, life and well-being of foreign domestic workers in Singapore indicates that Myanmar Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) living and working in Singapore are susceptible to a wide range of mental health issues. The findings on the home life, employment conditions and overall well-being of FDWs in Singapore highlight the exploitative conditions these women face.

Myanmar Singapore Myanmar continues its ban on domestic workers leaving to work in Singapore The Online Citizen . (5 June 2015)
By Xu, Terry.

In September last year, the government of Myanmar (Burma) imposed a five-month ban on its citizens coming to Singapore for domestic work with little warning.

China Myanmar Domestic workers head to HK despite govt ban Myanmar Times . (17 December 2014)
By Kyaw, Kyaw Phone.

A local employment agency is still sending Myanmar women to Hong Kong as domestic workers despite a government ban, labour activists say. Labour Rights Clinic says it has reported the case to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Myanmar Govt backtracks on sending domestic workers to Singapore Myanmar Times . (22 September 2014)
By O'Toole, Bill.

Citing concerns about exploitation, the government has ceased granting permits for domestic servants to work in Singapore for the foreseeable future.

Myanmar Myanmar suspends citizens from working as domestic workers in S'pore The Online Citizen . (13 September 2014)
By Xu, Terry.

The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation (MOEAF) has said that the  government in Myanmar has temporarily barred its women from working as domestic workers in Singapore due to concerns over ill-treatment and abuse.

Myanmar Government urges Singapore, HK to sign agreements on workers The Myanmar Times . (31 July 2014)
By Thant, Htoo.

Myanmar wants better protections put in place before it resumes issuing overseas work permits to women so they can find jobs as domestic workers in Singapore and Hong Kong, the deputy minister for labour, employment and social security has told parliament.