August 19, 2016

Poor adherence to law poses risk to labour disputes

Workers at production line of a factory in Yangon. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Workers at production line of a factory in Yangon. Photo: Aye Min Soe

DESPITE having a law calling for the formation of arbitration committees in factories, instances of poor adherence to that law has been found, according to an official from the Department of Labour Relations in Hlinethaya Township.
Although instructions had been issued to create a labour dispute arbitration committee at every factory, most of them still fail to follow instructions, said U KhinMaung Cho, staff officer of the department.
If the committees are formed as instructed, disputes can be settled at the grassroots level, he added.  According to the department,it received 40 cases of dispute from theHlinethaya Industrial Zone in which there are more than 500 factories since early this month, and seven cases are under review.
Most of the cases concern salary and termination of employment, said the department.
According to the settlement of labour dispute law enacted in 2012, the labour dispute arbitration committee shall be formed with two representatives each from employers, employees at each and every factory.
Analysts pointed out that the less problem between employees and employers there is to the country’s manufacturing sector, the more production will be possible as Myanmar is going to enter the ASEAN Economic Community and Global Supply Chains this year. They stressed the need of strengthening the country’s infrastructure and building the skills of those in the industry.—Ko Moe


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