More than 5,000 workers participated in a march towards Hlinethaya Township indoor sports stadium compound, where a ceremony in honour of International Workers’ Day was held yesterday morning.
More than 5,000 workers assembled at the area near Nawaday bus stop at some 7 a.m. yesterday morning. With their respective union flags in front, they then marched towards Hlinethaya Township indoor sports stadium compound where a ceremony in honour of International Workers’ Day was held.
At the ceremony, a message sent by President U Win Myint on the occasion of Workers’ Day was read by Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population Permanent Secretary U Myo Aung.
Next, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe delivered a speech. This was followed with speeches by Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, International Labour Organisation Myanmar head office Liaison Officer Rory Mungoven, Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) President U Maung Maung, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) secretary general U Aung Kyi Soe and officials from organisations supporting the international workers’ solidarity.
CTUM President U Maung Maung said, “Workers must not be satisfied with the rights they have obtained. Due to the changing situation of jobs, work hours are not the same for all. This needs to be corrected. This event was held to remind everyone of our continuous struggle.”
Ma Zin Mar Soe, a worker from a shoe factory in Hlinethaya Township, said, “I’m happy to participate as a worker in this event that is held once a year. The workers get to know each other by participating in this event. Our morale will be lifted. We will get into the habit of doing things unitedly.
We will also get to know more about work-related laws and other useful information. The country is becoming more transparent. Many workers are expecting a better minimum wage. I hope that the force of workers in Myanmar can play a part in the development of the country.”
The ceremony was organised by CTUM, and it was held for the sixth time. The events included entertainment by artistes and members of workers’ unions, debates and sports competitions.
In addition to this, booths with information about the labour law, a fair and good work site, elimination of forced labour, prevention of violence against women, worksite safety, health, social security and agriculture were displayed.
CTUM issued a 2018 May Day Declaration titled “From an effective management of the labour market to sustainable development.”