Labour Law Reform

Legal and Institutional Reforms for Improved Labour Market Governance (Myanmar)

This project assists Myanmar to develop a labour law framework that is gender responsive and based on the principles of tripartite social dialogue as well as improving compliance with International Labour Standards ratified by Myanmar.

Background

This project supports Myanmar’s transition from decades of social and economic isolation by providing technical support for improving labour governance through labour law reform and improved implementation.

This is part of the Labour Law Reform Initiative comprised of the ILO and the Governments of Myanmar, Japan, United States, Denmark and the European Union. This project is implemented with the support of the European Union.

This project seeks to support for Myanmar’s labour law reform objectives using tripartite social dialogue as a central focal point for action through a Technical Working Group on Labour Law Reform and the National Tripartite Dialogue Forum. In addition, the project seeks to build the capacity of Parliamentarians and other decision makers in the labour law making process as well as those implementing and interpreting the law.

Objectives

  • Strengthen the capacity of tripartite constituents’ to organize and/or actively participate in labour law review processes, to ensure that laws or regulations are aligned with relevant International Labour Standards.
  • Enhance the capacity of labour market institutions to develop coherent laws, and promote improved application and compliance with labour laws.

Outputs

  • Technical assistance is provided to the Government in introducing or amending legislation and adopting regulations in support of the labour law reform process.
  • Tripartite constituents are trained on the skills necessary to develop coherent labour legislation
  • A cohesive labour law framework, based on gender equality and social dialogue principles is promoted.
  • Awareness of ILO Conventions is raised.
  • The Government is supported in monitoring the impact of and compliance with the new minimum wages and to prepare for the next round of the minimum wage review.

Key activities

  1. Support gap analyses of existing labour legislation that are a priority for reform and conduct technical reviews of draft legislation benchmarked against ILO Conventions.
  2. Support regular and sustained consultation on labour law reform through the National Tripartite Dialogue Forum and Technical Working Group on Labour Law Reform with social partners and Parliamentarians.
  3. Provide technical training on international labour standards and legal drafting.
  4. Revise and publish the ILO Guide to Labour Law in Myanmar.
  5. Assist the Government in holding an International Stakeholder Forum on labour law reform.
  6. Conduct awareness raising activities and joint presentations to Parliament on labour law reform.
  7. Support the Government in monitoring the impact and compliance with the new minimum wage.