August 19, 2016


Government vows to protect labour rights, end forced labour

More than 1,500 workers march in honour of International Workers’ Day in the Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone. Photo: Zaw Gyi (Panita)
More than 1,500 workers march in honour of International Workers’ Day in the Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone. Photo: Zaw Gyi (Panita)

THE Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population issued a statement yesterday in coincidence with International Workers’ Day, expressing its commitment to promoting and protecting labour rights, including ending forced labour and stronger enforcement of child labour laws in Myanmar.
In its statement, the ministry invited all interested partners to join with the government in its efforts to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on labour-related issues.
Meanwhile, the ministry joined hands with labour organisations to celebrate International Workers’ Day at the Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe called on the country’s employers to respect the rights of workers in accordance with the Labour Law while pursuing their own interests.
He has also urged the workers to prepare to maximise their workplace efficiency and hone their skills in their chosen areas of work, stressing the need for an increase in productivity, efficiency and competitiveness in the workplace.
The Union minister also called on the labour organizations which are being involved in labour issues in the country for helping the workers in line with the law.
The Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population discussed the government’s cooperation with private business institutions in conducting in-house efficiency enhancement trainings.
Plans are underway to guarantee workers international workplace standards, including in-house training, social security, healthcare, good labour relations and fair hearings on labour disputes.
The event drew some 2,000 workers from labour unions in various townships, with participants discussing issues related to the protection of women against violence, women’s healthcare, forced labour and social security.
The government has been reviewing domestic laws related to labour rights to be in line with international norms and labour rights practices. Myanmar’s parliament recently amended the country’s labour laws and passed new ones.
With the cooperation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other partners, Myanmar has made significant achievements in the areas of eliminating forced labour and promoting freedom of association, according to the ministry.
Moreover, the Decent Work Country Programme has been implemented in Myanmar.—Ko Moe


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