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July 21, 2019

Mechanism to be established to resolve forced labour complaints

Union Minister U Thein Swe meets with journalists at National Tripartite Dialogue Forum in Yangon. yesterday. Photo : Phoe Htaung
Union Minister U Thein Swe meets with journalists at National Tripartite Dialogue Forum in Yangon. yesterday. Photo : Phoe Htaung

To eliminate forced labour in Myanmar, a national-level mechanism for registering complaints would be established, said Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe, yesterday.
He stated this at the 13th National Tripartite Dialogue Forum in the presence of representatives of workers, employers and the government at the Sedona Hotel in Yangon.
“We have drafted a system for the mechanism in cooperation with other ministries after taking into consideration the experiences in our country and in other countries. We will also discuss it at this meeting. The mechanism will come into effect once it is ready,” said the union minister.
All ministries of the Union Government were involved in the mechanism, he added.
The Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar also suggested the inclusion of representatives of employers and employees in the mechanism.
“The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a tripartite mechanism.
So, I suggested we include representatives of employers and employees because while when we resolve issues, our mechanism should also be a tripartite one,” said U Maung Maung, President of the CTUM.
The government has also agreed, in principle, to include representatives of employers, said U Myint Soe, a representative of the employers.
“The employers are making preparations including imparting training to their human resources so that they can avoid unnecessary issues of forced labour in the future,” he added.
Myanmar is a signatory to the Forced Labour Convention 29 of the ILO.—Ye Khaung Nyunt (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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