August 20, 2016

Labourers, employers reach agreements to break EC deadlock

Workers are seen at a garmnent factory in Yangon. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Workers are seen at a garmnent factory in Yangon. Photo: Aye Min Soe

EMPLOYERS and representatives of employees reached five agreements to break the deadlock for finalising the Employment Contract (EC), according to Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar-CTUM.
Following the government asking the two sides to seek ways to start finalizing the EC after the 31st January tripartite meeting in Yangon, employers and representatives of the employees held talks again on 8 January.
During the meeting, the two sides agreed to amend the controversial points in the EC in coordination with each other and to form a committee for drafting an employment contract, according to a statement released by CTUM Tuesday.
The two sides would work together to articulate the EC draft to the government, employers and employees, said the statement.
The 31st January tripartite discussion on finalising the Employment Contract (EC) between employers and employees of various manufacturing plants did not reach an agreement to set a deadline for the signing of the agreement by the remaining factories, companies and workers across the country.
The trilateral meeting included representatives from the government, employers and employees and mostly focused on the issues connected with ‘probation period for workers’ and ‘termination of contract’ regulations prescribed in the EC contract draft, according to an official from the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, who also attended the meeting.
The three stakeholders will meet again on 13 February, and employers and employees will discuss the contract’s sticking points.
“After reaching an agreement between the two sides, they can add their agreement as an additional agreement to the EC, and [the government] will not amend the contract,” the ministry official said.
More than 55 percent of the factories and workshops nationwide have not yet signed the contract, said U Htin Aung, Deputy Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security.
So far, 97,696 male workers and 223,416 female workers have signed contracts with their bosses nationwide, according to the ministry.
The ministry issued an announcement last September, urging factories, workshops and companies with a workforce comprising at least five staff members to sign employment contracts with their workers within the first 30 days of their employment according to the Employment and Skill Development Law enacted in 2013.


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