Decision concerning the progress report on the follow-up to the resolution concerning remaining measures on the subject of Myanmar adopted by the Conference at its 102nd Session (2013)

Record of decisions | 07 November 2019

Having considered the Report submitted by the Director-General in document GB.337/INS/9, the Governing Body:

(a) acknowledged the progress made by the Government, in particular, the new action plan on forced labour, the passing of the Child Rights Law, and proposals to ratify the Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138), and encouraged the Government to continue its efforts to cooperate with the ILO and social partners to fully implement the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP);

(b) urged the Government to consult with social partners through the National Tripartite Dialogue Forum to put in place a credible and effective national complaints mechanism (NCM) that includes victim protection measures, to address and eliminate forced labour;

(c) urged the Government to continue to apply procedures that enable the ILO to receive complaints and to intensify its cooperation with the ILO to implement an effective forced labour complaints process until such time as a suitable NCM is in place;

(d) requested the Director-General to include in his future Reports to the Governing Body progress made in the establishment of a complaints mechanism as agreed under the DWCP;

(e) noted the ongoing work to reform labour legislation and called for further efforts to ensure that genuine tripartite social dialogue takes place during the labour law reform process and that the views of representative organizations of employers and workers are fully taken into account;

(f) expressed concern at the charges laid against eight trade unionists under the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law and the use of this Law by the authorities as a means of denying trade unions the right to peacefully exercise their right to freedom of association; and

(g) expressed the expectation that the Government can report in March 2020 concrete results in addressing key concerns raised in the Governing Body discussion, particularly with respect to freedom of association, the elimination of forced labour, and the putting in place of an effective national complaint mechanism.

(GB.337/INS/9, paragraph 27, as amended by the Governing Body.)