ILO in Myanmar

Transport of merchandise. Village Portrait of a young woman. Region of Mawlamyaingyune. Report from Myanmar, May 2013. Young Buddhist apprentice nuns. City of Yangon (Rangoon). Report from Myanmar, May 2013.
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.

Current position

ILO concluded a Supplementary Understanding with Myanmar on 26th February 2007, which has been annually extended thereafter. This Supplementary Understanding is 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.

What's new

  1. Press release

    Business case for employing people with disabilities reaffirmed in Myanmar

    Representatives of Myanmar disabled persons organizations, government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and disability experts discussed ways to make workplaces more inclusive and acknowledged the benefits of hiring persons with disability.

  2. Article

    Myanmar: ILO pilots self-learning approach to promote the cooperative business model

    ILO conducted the first Myanmar pilot of the Think.Coop training module on cooperative business, where over 40 participants from trade unions, including farmers, were provided with a basic introduction to cooperation and collective action.

  3. Publication

    ILO Guide to Myanmar Labour Law

    28 September 2017

    The legal framework regulating employment in Myanmar is found in a variety of different Laws and Rules enacted over the last century. This Guide brings together many of the sources of Myanmar labour law in a single, user-friendly guide. The Guide also provides useful information on the International Core Labour Standards to promote and inspire good practice on employment and labour in Myanmar.

  4. Press release

    ILO urges more tripartite dialogue in addressing migrant labour issues

    04 July 2017

    The International labour Organization calls for consultation and dialogue with key stake-holders including employers and workers organizations on the newly adopted law on foreign employees and migrant workers in Thailand.

  5. Video

    Scaling up STED: Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification for tourist guides in Myanmar

    30 May 2017

    Tourism is a key driver of socio-economic progress in Myanmar and it’s expected to provide over two million new jobs by 2020.

  6. Event

    Myanmar Safety & Health Day

    28 April 2017

    On 28 April 2017, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, together with employers and workers organisations, marked the first ever Myanmar Safety and Health Day in Yangon and Mandalay. The event was part of the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

  7. Record of decisions

    Decision on the 11th item on the agenda: Follow-up to the resolution concerning remaining measures on the subject of Myanmar adopted by the Conference at its 102nd Session (2013)

    23 March 2017