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Myanmar: Industry associations express support for labour law reform, stressing need to meet intl. labour standards

March 6 2018

As organizations representing international brands sourcing apparel and footwear in Myanmar, we [American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Fair Labor Assocation (FLA)] write to express strong support for the labor law reform process now underway. It is imperative that this process results in laws and regulations that are consistent with the fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization, and thus creates a strong foundation for mature industrial relations in Myanmar. The potential to initiate, maintain, and expand business relationships in Myanmar is greatly enhanced by the ability to engage with workers that have freedom of association and collective bargaining, and to be able to address any grievances through predictable, transparent channels, enforced by the government, that have the confidence of all stakeholders... We urge your government to work with the social partners and the ILO to ensure that any final laws comport with international norms and best practices. And we urge the government to establish the appropriate capacity to enforce those laws.