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June 25, 2019

Meeting held on mechanism for resolving complaints on forced labour

Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe addresses the High Level Working Group-HLWG Committee’s coordination meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe addresses the High Level Working Group-HLWG Committee’s coordination meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

In a step towards the elimination of forced labour, the Labour Affairs Cooperation Work Committee’s High Level Working Group held a coordination meeting yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw to set down processes for addressing complaints before the National Complaints Mechanism.
Speaking at the coordination meeting, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration, and Population U Thein Swe said Myanmar accepted the Forced Labour Convention 29 and has been implementing it.
“However, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization presented a report on Myanmar at the 335th Session of the ILO’s Governing Body, mentioning that forced labour still exists in conflict-ridden areas in Myanmar,” he said.
Therefore, it is important for all departments concerned to cooperate in establishing the National Complaints Mechanism, said the Union Minister.
At a High Level Working Group meeting, held on 4 March, the concerned government departments discussed the Action Plan, the National Complaints Mechanism, and processes for resolving complaints before the National Complaints Mechanism proposed by the ILO, and sent their remarks to the
working group. In accordance with the suggestions and remarks of the departments, the Labour Affairs Cooperation Work Committee drafted the National Complaints Mechanism, said the Union Minister.
Union Minister U Thein Swe urged the participants of the meeting to openly discuss the draft mechanism and to give suggestions to the committee.
Afterwards, Permanent Secretary U Myo Aung presented a report on remarks and action plans forwarded by the ministries, and processes for resolving complaints before the National Complaints Mechanism was established.
Members of the committee discussed the issues and approved the processes.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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