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16 Feb 2019

Zaw Zaw Htwe, Myanmar Times

Myanmar: Thousands of workers march demanding for country's labour laws to meet ILO standards

"Thousands of workers march for stronger labour laws", 11 February 2019

Thousands of workers...marched in downtown Yangon to demand that the country's labour laws meet International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards.

The march was led by the Confederation of Trade Union Myanmar (CTUM) and Myanmar Industrial Crafts and Services Trade Union Federation (MICS), two of the largest labour groups in the country.

...Daw Phyo Sandar Soe, assistant general secretary of CTUM...said the law makers have refused to adopt ILO standards despite 187 countries having included them in their laws.

...Protest leaders said parliament and Ministry of Labour had passed labour laws concerning the leave and holidays without consulting the workers.

The government has been amending the 2012 Settlement of Labour Disputes law and labour organisation laws without considering the workers' perspectives and suggestions, labour leaders said.

...The protesters demanded the government establish labour courts to ensure protection of the rights of workers and to ensure the rights of the government rank and file are also protected.

They also demanded the Labour Ministry include construction workers and workers in special economic zones under labour law protections.