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August 08, 2020

ILO Convention-138 (Minimum Age Convention) discussion held

Union Minister U Thein Swe attends an online meeting to discuss the ILO Convention-138 concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment.  Photo: MNA
Union Minister U Thein Swe attends an online meeting to discuss the ILO Convention-138 concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment.  Photo: MNA

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population held virtual meeting with International Labour Organization(ILO) to discuss ILO Convention- 138 ( Minimum Age Convention) yesterday morning in Nay Pyi Taw. Union Minister U Thein Swe, Deputy Minister U Myint Kyaing, ( Labour Affairs) Permanent Secretary U Myo Aung, the Directors-General, representatives from Yangon Office of ILO and members of Technical Working Group on Child Labour (TWG-CL), representatives from employer organizations, labour organizations, INGOs and NGOs and Youth Policy Affairs Group took part the discussion.
At the discussion, the Union Minister said that they will disseminate capacity building and knowledge to all the relevant parties to support and implement the convention, and that it was a process which should be done; the responsible officials from the ministry did the own research on the Minimum Age Convention and it had been thought over and over again to reflect the experiences of other countries and the realities of their own; thus, before ratifying the convention, Myanmar National Committee on Child Labour Eradication led by the Vice President(1) was formed with five-year plan in different States and Regions and the implementation of this programme supported the Minimum Age Convention.
Myanmar joined ILO in 1948 and ratified 18 conventions; to live up with those conventions, and with the ILO’s advices, the government coordinated employer and employee organizations to implement the existing labour laws; on the ILO’s Centenary Celebration Day in 2019, Myanmar considered to ratify the Minimum Age Convention- 138 and the agreement was made after the tripartite coordination between employer, employee and government; then, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw decided to accept and practise the convention; the convention will take effect on 8 June 2021; at present, the definition, implementation, educating programme to people and human resource development would be done by cooperating with ministries, regional governments, NGOs, INGOs and UN organizations to plan and implement the convention, the Union Minister said.
The Union Minister also said that Myanmar National Child Labour Eradication programme would be implemented in relation with the Convention-138; by practising the Convention-138, there would be both benefits and challenges; the rules must be followed to practise the convention, especially, to educate the employers from construction, mining and power sectors; the education programmes and courses need to be opened. Then, the experts from the ILO Yangon Office and Asia- Pacific regional offices discussed the rules to follow in practising the convention, the reviews on relevant laws in Myanmar and the suggestions for further action.—MNA (Translated by Ei Phyu Phyu Aung)

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