ILO Myanmar May Day 2023

On the 1st of May each year, workers around the world commemorate May Day, in recognition of the efforts of the labour movement to secure workers labour rights.

Statement | Yangon | 30 April 2023
On this day of special significance to the world of work, the precariousness and injustice facing workers and people in Myanmar is greater than ever. Sadly, many workers and their families continue to live in crisis and the livelihoods of many businesses are under threat.

Now more than ever, respect for all labour rights is critical to the welfare and economic survival of workers and businesses.

It is paramount that workers are free to exercise their fundamental labour rights in a democratic environment without violence, injustice, intimidation, and reprisals.

The ILO Liaison Office continues to promote social justice and respect for Labour rights and provide support to workers and employers in Myanmar through its projects and programs.

We reiterate the imperative for the country to implement the 2021 International Labour Conference Resolution for a return to democracy and respect for fundamental rights in Myanmar, as well as the decisions of the ILO Governing Body, and extend our solidarity and support to workers in Myanmar.

We also take this opportunity to share the ILO Director General, Gilbert A Houngbo’s priorities for a world built on human-centred social justice that can underpin lasting peace and prosperity for all.