Around 55,000 workers employed at 214 factories and workplaces as of July 2022

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Between February 2021 and July 2022, 114 newly established factories and workshops and 100 existing factories that resumed operations after suspension recruited approximately 55,000 workers, Union Labour Minister Dr Pwint San gave a remark at the tripartite meeting with government, employers and workers representatives.
The closure of factories and workshops results in damage to the interest of both employers and employees, negative impacts on the country’s manufacturing output and slow economic growth. The Union Minister said that a constructive approach and peaceful negotiation inside the factory in line with the existing laws will bring about good relationships between employers and employees and build a good working environment.
Furthermore, he added that concerted efforts through tripartite collaboration are required to maintain stability in workplaces, drive the industry output and effectuate socioeconomic development.
The negative consequences triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and political changes rendered a total of 104,798 workers unemployed with a shutdown of 291 factories, according to a report by the Ministry of Labour.
Between 1 February 2021 and 18 July 2022, 114 factories and workshops were newly established and 100 suspended factories restarted their operations, totalling 214 factories. Those factories created 54,819 jobs, Union Minister Dr Pwint San highlighted.
Additionally, the government commits to ILO Convention No 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize. There are 2,892 general labour organizations, 162 township labour organizations, 26 region and state labour organizations, nine worker federations and the Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar with 190,000 members. The Ministry of Labour is coordinating matters for the workers to organize the institutions in full freedom under the law. — TWA/GNLM

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