Garment sector in Myanmar: A labour law training that brings workers and employers closer

Between July 2016 and March 2020, with support from the Swedish international development agency (Sida), H&M and more recently Marks&Spencer, the ILO has been implementing a project aiming at improving labour relations in the Myanmar garment industry.

Date issued: 25 February 2020 | Size/duration: 00:07:26
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The ILO Garment Industry Project (ILO-GIP) has been delivering social dialogue training to a number of relevant actors including workers, workers' and trade union representatives, as well as management representatives in the “Workplace Coordinating Committees (WCC)” (compulsory bipartite dialogue structure in Myanmar workplaces of more than 30 workers), members of occupational safety and health committees, supervisors, nurse and medical personal in the garment factories.

In addition, the ILO-GIP delivered training to a number of garment sector stakeholders, strengthened the capacity of manufacturing trade unions and sectoral employer organization to deliver services to their respective members.

After few decades of isolation, Myanmar is currently going through multiple transitions, one of which is an important reform to its labour law framework. Sound industrial relations rely on workers and management knowing their rights and responsibilities under the labour law.

This video - filmed in 2019-  showcases one particular training activity the ILO-GIP designed to increase the knowledge factory level actors have of the legal framework with the goal to increased inform dialogue between management and workers representatives.