Myanmar needs labor court so as to ensure the healthy industrial relationship to attract foreign investors

15 May 2019                                                

Labor experts claimed that Myanmar should not postpone any further to institute the labor court.                                                      

Worker rights advocates and the local and international experts recently convened at the forum tilted “National Dialog Forum on Labor Court Setting.

U Maung Maung, chairperson of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) commented that the labor court is needed to attract the good foreign investment.

“If we really want the quality and standard foreign investment, we need the labor court which will manage the industrial dispute and relations. We, CTMU, are forward looking but if we are not properly prepared in coming several years, we will lag behind other ASEAN neighbors. “

“For example, we have Grab, the ride hailing service, but where is the labor law that can be applied if there were any disputes between employees and employers. What about labor related law for the online marketing that has been receiving bad rap for the frauds,” he added.

U Thet Lin Aung, the Secretary-General of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association and Myanmar Industries Craft & Services Trade Unions Federation (MICS-TUsF) said, “To establish of the labor court is the concern of everyone. Moreover, it needs to save both time and money. The court must be able to deliver the fair decision to the dispute between employee and employer. These are our objectives. So we would like to request the main responsible body the Union Attorney General's Office to start amending.”

With support from Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA, MICS-TUsF has organized a new initiative, the Labor Consultative Forum that took place on March 19, 2019. Around 40 activists from various trade unions and workers’ rights groups participated. The Forum facilitated discussion around dispute cases resolved at the civil court and the mechanism of dispute settlement at the arbitration body and council. This is the second National Dialogue Forum on the labour court setting in Myanmar, which runs from May 14-15, 2019.

Responsible persons from the labor rights advocacy organizations, government ministry and international organizations joined the forum.

Mr. Ruben Korevaar, policy advisor of Mondiaal FNV said “It’s a key that all parties are respectful to one another and the employers, government and workers’ representatives really try to get to a common goal.”

Arker Kyaw