News and articles

2020

  1. The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) launches 4 new products to support the sustainable and inclusive development of the industry

    21 February 2020

    The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers association (MGMA) launched two new tools aiming at improving the labour compliance among the organization’s members and facilitate their development of healthy induction practices for new workers. In addition, MGMA also released the results of two new studies focussing on absenteeism and turn over in the industry as well as the impact of automation and digitization in the sector.

  2. The second steering committee of the Luxembourg-funded ILO Project Support to the extension of Social Health Protection in Southeast Asia, takes place in Lao People's Democratic Republic.

    17 February 2020

    Key stakeholders and partners of the ILO-Luxembourg funded Project gather to discuss progress, 2019 challenges and opportunities, and provide guidance on the implementation of the project in 2020.

  3. Social Security Board Reforms Enhance and Extend Health Protection in Myanmar

    13 February 2020

    Myanmar’s Social Security Board (SSB), which provides social health protection for formal workers, is implementing a series of reforms to address coverage gaps and implementation barriers, with a goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030.

  4. Worker Receives Lifesaving Medical Treatment through Myanmar’s Health Insurance scheme

    13 February 2020

    A closer look at a beneficiary’s experience of the Social Security Board medical scheme reveals the possibilities and limitations of the government managed program, highlighting the progress and remaining challenges within Myanmar’s healthcare system.

  5. Vision Zero Fund project (VZF) supports Workshop on Strategic Compliance Planning for Government Inspectors to Improve Safety and Health in Myanmar

    13 February 2020

    Senior inspectors and Government officials gathered in Nay Pyi Taw for an FGLLID-ILO workshop on improving safety and health in Myanmar through better strategic planning. In addition to FGLLID inspectors from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, there were also participants from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation; the Ministry of Construction; the Ministry of Health and Sports; the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation; and the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry.

  6. ILO supports the Social Security Board, employers, and workers in preparing to scale-up an enhanced version of the Employment Injury Insurance scheme

    24 January 2020

    Workers, employers and the Social Security Board (SSB) gather in Naypyidaw to discuss the results of the employment injury insurance (EII) pilot in Hlaing Tharyar (Yangon) and Pyi Gyi Tha Kone (Mandalay) townships and the options for a scale-up to other townships. The ILO - Vision Zero Fund has been supporting the SSB in its administrative reform process that aims to transform SSB into a client-centric organization. The EII pilot helped 198,000 workers benefit from a more efficient and client-centric process to access the EII scheme.

  7. Myanmar: Future lawyers introduced to the key concepts and benefits of responsible business practices

    11 January 2020

    A presentation to law students excites interest in the benefits of improving conditions in Myanmar’s workplaces.

2019

  1. Despite productive contribution, public attitudes towards migrant workers remain unfavourable in ASEAN destination countries

    18 December 2019

    A new joint ILO-UN Women study demonstrates communication and engagement are critical to counter migrant workers isolation and discrimination.

  2. Migrating in ASEAN with a mobile phone: Gender gaps are not only in migrants’ salaries, but also in digital access

    29 November 2019

    The increasingly widespread access to and use of the Internet in the ASEAN region has meant that more migrant workers are now seeking information using social media platforms. However, obtaining accurate and reliable information is still a challenge, not to mention gender gaps in digital access that women migrant workers face.

  3. Improving electrical inspection in Myanmar: Vision Zero Fund supported two-day workshop and five-day training for electrical inspection

    28 October 2019

    Vision Zero Fund (VZF) worked intensely alongside the Electrical Inspection Department, Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection (DISI), Ministry of Industry, in the month of September to strengthen technical concepts and inspection tools and practices for the benefit of Myanmar workers.