October 21, 2017

Workers demonstrate in protest of arbitration council’s election

Workers seen participating in a protest against election of representatives to the arbitration council an arbitration body. Photo: Myanmar News Agency
Workers seen participating in a protest against election of representatives to the arbitration council an arbitration body. Photo: Myanmar News Agency

Labour organisations staged a rally in front of the City Hall in Yangon yesterday in protest of the selection of labour representatives to the arbitration council and the arbitration body.
Demonstrators cited lack of transparency and justice as the reason for their protest, saying that they had won legal permission for the protest from the courts of the townships concerned.
The arbitration council of Yangon Region held a representatives election on 8 July and the arbitration body on 12 July.
U Htay, court lawyer and member of the arbitration council, denied any prior knowledge of the representatives election, calling for a rerun of the election to ensure transparency and justice.
The arbitration council was formed in 2012 with five representatives each of the employers, workers and the government. Representatives are elected every two years, with the July election as its third. A total of 500 workers took part in the demonstration.—Myanmar News Agency

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