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
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.
Evaluation of the operations of the Social Security Board, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Myanmar
12 June 2015
The Social Security Board (SSB) was created in 1956 after the adoption of the Social Security Act, 1954. The SSB has 77 township offices covering 110 townships (i.e. 30% of the existing townships). It is present in all States and regions to the exception of Chin State. In 2012, the Government of the Union of Myanmar adopted a new Social Security Law, 2012. This new law provides for an extended social security system.
12 June 2015
The International Labour Organization (ILO) in Myanmar supports the Social Security Board, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social security, to revise and implement the new Social Security Law, 2012. The SSB currently runs a Social Health Insurance scheme and provides directly health services to the workers via a network of 93 SSB clinics and 3 Workers' hospitals. Since the number of workers joining the scheme is increasing, the SSB wishes to expand the number of health facilities to provide quality healthcare services to the enrolled workers, which also corresponds to the provisions of the new law. To do so, it will be necessary to put in place a Purchaser Provider Split (PPS) – i.e. a separation of the purchaser and the provider that will allow the SSB to provide medical care to its beneficiaries in both its own medical facilities and other external facilities, public or private.
12 June 2015
Myanmar has engaged in recent year in a number of important legal and political reforms. Since 2011, the Government of Myanmar has requested ILO’s support for its major legal reform process and in the last few years an impressive number of laws and regulations were adopted. In this context, the ILO conducted a review of labour legislation in 2014 with a view to develop a comprehensive approach to support the progressive drafting of a labour code.
12 June 2015
June 12 is the World Day Against Child Labour and this year’s theme is “No to Child Labour, Yes to Quality Education. In Yangon a national event is held with the Government, Workers and Employers Organizations, Civil Society, Private Businesses and Development Partners. At the community level, events in Mon and Kayin States with local partner organizations Karen Women Empowerment Group, Mon National Education Committee, Mon Women Organization and Women Empowerment Program are being with the participation of students, teachers and community members through awareness raising activities through arts and dialogue.