News and articles


  1. Government, employers and trade unions set Decent Work priorities for Myanmar until 2021

    21 September 2018

    Myanmar’s first Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) set to promote employment, protect labour rights and strengthen social dialogue.

  2. ILO Deputy Director-General meets Myanmar Army Chief of General Staff to discuss forced labour

    20 September 2018

    ILO Deputy Chief called for the Myanmar Government and military to renew their commitment on the elimination of the use of forced labour.

  3. Myanmar’s Shan State Department of Agriculture to roll out Occupational Safety and Health trainings in seven townships

    11 September 2018

    Twenty-five field officers from Myanmar Shan State’s Department of Agriculture were trained on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)-related topics common among ginger farmers, with the support of the ILO’s Vision Zero Fund (VZF). Shan’s Chief Minister U Linn Htut met the ILO VZF team and provided guidance and support to the efforts on enhancing OSH among farmers in Shan as a way to access more and better markets for their produce.

  4. EU, ILO and UN Women join hands to end violence against women migrant workers in ASEAN/Myanmar

    30 August 2018

    The European Union (EU), International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Women are organizing a national Consultative Dialogue to discuss with key stakeholders women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities.

  5. ILO and major garment trade unions sign agreement to promote social dialogue

    11 August 2018

    The International Labour Organization has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar (IWFM), and with the Myanmar Industries Craft and Services (MICS) to enhance the capacity of relevant garment trade unions to engage constructively in social dialogue and industrial relations at the factory level.

  6. Preventing and solving labour disputes through community forums

    29 July 2018

    Labour disputes and strikes are often triggered by the lack of awareness of the law, lack of dialogue between employers and workers or by ambiguous and misleading regulations. Through community forums, the ILO is promoting the prevention and smooth resolution of disputes as a way to strengthen industrial relations and economic growth in Myanmar.

  7. ILO Lab opens up to promote sound industrial relations in the Myanmar garment sector

    22 July 2018

    A group of Myanmar practitioners of labour relations representing the government, workers’ and employers’ organizations, participated in the first session of the ILO’s Industrial Relations Lab (MIR Lab) which focusses on strengthening knowledge and awareness on systems and practices for sound industrial relations through social dialogue in the Myanmar’s garment sector.

  8. ILO trains Myanmar’s officials to promote safer labour migration

    16 July 2018

    Migrant workers comprise one fifth of Myanmar labour force. Their skills and remittances contribute significantly to the country’s development. However, every year too many migrant workers are exploited by unscrupulous brokers. The ILO assists Myanmar government in promoting safer labour migration and decent work at destination.

  9. Myanmar ginger farmers trained on safer and healthier practices

    06 July 2018

    A group of 35 ginger famers and government officials from Myanmar’s Shan State received a week-long training to help reduce the health risks associated with their workplace and improve their agricultural practices.

  10. ILO: Women do 4 times more unpaid care work than men in Asia and the Pacific

    27 June 2018

    New ILO report highlights inadequate policy responses to the rising demand for care and quantifies the extent of the care burden on women. ILO calls for urgent action to prevent looming global care crisis.