Myanmar prepares for ILO negotiations

Workers from a garment factory garther during an assembly of their factory. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Workers from a garment factory garther during an assembly of their factory. Photo: Aye Min Soe

A GOVERNING board member for the International Labour Organisation has urged local businesses to strictly follow international labour standards in order to achieve success in the global supply chain.
At a tripartite meeting including employers, employees and the government on fair global supply chain issues yesterday in Yangon, U Maung Maung, chairman of the Confederation of the Trade Unions of Myanmar and a member of the governing board of the International Labour Organisation, pointed out the sacking of labour union leaders and instances of ignorance to pay workers the minimum wage and overtime fees according to the law.
The two-day meeting was held as part of the preparation for a discussion on Myanmar’s role in creating job opportunities in the global supply chain at the upcoming 105th ILO meeting in June.
The outcomes of the meeting will be discussed at the ILO meeting, said U Maung Maung.
At the meeting, U Win Shein, the director-general of the Factories and General Labour Law Inspection Department, suggested improving the human resources of the labour sector in the country.
Mr Patuan Samosir, senior officer of International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific, has called for cooperation between the three groups to prevent danger at worksites.
Some experts have urged the Myanmar government to assist in producing skilled labourers and building infrastructure in the labour sector.
“In face of the ASEAN Economic Community, which will start this year, the government should take measures to prevent lower productivity due to power shortages and to reduce high interest rates for employers,” said U Aung Shwe of the management committee of the Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone, who is participating in the meeting as a representative of the employers.
Local brands should prepare for competition with international brands entering the country because local brands in some countries have collapsed at the hand of international competitors, said U Maung Maung.

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