The International Labour Office (ILO) has concluded on 26 February 2007 a Supplementary Understanding with the Government of Myanmar designed to provide, as previously requested by the International Labour Conference and the ILO Governing Body, a mechanism to enable victims of forced labour to seek redress.
The Understanding provides that alleged victims of forced labour in Myanmar will have full freedom to submit complaints to the ILO Liaison Officer in Yangon. The Liaison Officer will then make a confidential preliminary assessment as to whether a case involves forced labour, in order that such cases can be investigated by the Myanmar authorities and appropriate action taken against the perpetrators.
The Understanding incorporates guarantees that no retaliatory action will be taken against complainants. It also provides that the ILO Liaison Officer shall be accorded timely freedom to travel within Myanmar for the purpose of meeting complainants or other relevant persons.
The mechanism has been implemented on a trial basis over 12 months with that trial period being 26 February 2007 - 25 February 2008 and was extended by mutual agreements for the 2nd period now from 26 February 2009 to 25 Feb 2010.
The ILO Liaison Officer in Yangon reports directly to the Executive Director for Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, ED/NORM.
No.1 ( A ) , Kanbae ( Thitsar ) Road, Yankin Township,
Tel: +95 1 566 538 , 566 539 , 578925 , 579 956
Fax: 01 566 582
Round table discussion
30 July 2015
The ILO, WFP and the World Bank combined the United Nations’ social protection Assessment-Based National Dialogue (ABND) and the World Bank Social Protection Assessment (SPA) methodologies over an 18 month period. The objective was to avoid duplication of work and join forces to provide the Myanmar policy making process with the most needed evidence on social protection through a participatory and inclusive process articulated around the life-cycle approach to social protection.
26 June 2015
The first year of My-PEC was foundation setting with a two-pronged approach of working with the national level Technical Working Group on Child Labour (TWG-CL) and starting engagement with the communities. As of June 2015, 5 organizations initiate CL activities with support from the project, 6 national level activities to raise public awareness on CL, 21 government, Workers and Employers Organizations and civil society, organizations received training on international CL standards, 25 TWG-CL member organizations participating in capacity-building activities, 30 community-level awareness raising activities supported by the project, 76 officials from sub-national line ministries and other local staff participating in capacity-building activities, 77 organizations participating in advocacy activities.
26 June 2015
Reaching high coverage, the first labour force survey in Myanmar in a quarter century will provide results in October that will shape the country’s employment policy.