ILO in Myanmar

The current activities of the ILO in Myanmar are governed by an Understanding between the Government of the Union of Myanmar and the International Labour Office concerning the appointment of an ILO Liaison Officer in Myanmar (2002) reached in 2002. According to this understanding, the Liaison Officer's role covers all activities relevant to ensuring the prompt and effective elimination of forced labour in the country. As part of this mandate, the Liaison Officer, in cooperation with the authorities, endeavored to implement strategies to effectively address the root causes of the forced labour situation in Myanmar as identified in particular by the High-Level Team which visited the country in 2001. This Understanding remains in force. However in February 2007 a further Supplementary Understanding between the Government of the Union of Myanmar and the International Labour Office (2007) to advance the objectives of the elimination of the use of forced labour was entered into.

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.

Contact Us


No.1 ( A ) , Kanbae ( Thitsar ) Road, Yankin Township,
Yangon, Myanmar.
Tel: +95 1 566 538 , 566 539 , 578925 , 579 956
Fax: 01 566 582
Email:  yangon@ilo.org

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  1. Quarterly newsletter

    Project Updates of Myanmar Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour

    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.

  2. Labour data

    Myanmar: New labour force survey addresses data gap

    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.

  3. Report

    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.

  4. Report

    Extending the network of health care facilities of the Social Security Board in Myanmar

    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.

  5. Report

    Social protection within the framework of labour legislation reform in Myanmar

    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.

  6. Event

    For the second year celebration of World Day against Child Labour in Myanmar

    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.