Enhance socioeconomic life of workers


International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, is an annual celebration of labourers and the working classes promoted by the international labour movement. Observed every year on 1 May or the first Monday in May, it is a national public holiday in many countries, often named “International Workers’ Day” or something similar.
While some countries, like the United States and Canada, celebrate Labour Day on different dates, such as the first Monday of September in 2024, the focus is on “Social Justice and Decent Work for All”, highlighting the fundamental principles of fairness, equality, and dignity in the workplace.
Workers are the backbone of productivity, dedicating themselves to enhancing production in their respective workplaces. They contribute greatly to the state, society, and businesses, often without adequate emphasis on their own interests. Therefore, it is imperative to prioritize the enhancement of their capacity and interests to honour their relentless efforts in the workplace.
Myanmar’s Constitution (2008) underscores the importance of protecting workers’ rights. Section 24 of the Constitution states that “The Union shall enact necessary laws to protect the rights of workers”, while Section 31 declares that “The Union shall, to the extent possible, assist in reducing unemployment among the people”.
The government of Myanmar is actively involved in various initiatives aimed at enhancing the socioeconomic status of its workers. These initiatives include support for domestic manufacturing, transforming the country from an importer to an exporter, improving the basic education sector to produce qualified human resources, providing vocational training in rural areas, and promoting the sustainable development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to create jobs and improve the lives of its people.
To address the issues and difficulties faced by Myanmar workers abroad, the government has appointed labour attachés at relevant Myanmar embassies in countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and the Republic of Korea. By doing so, the government ensures that Myanmar workers receive the entitlements they deserve, both at home and abroad.
It is now more crucial than ever to improve the socioeconomic status of workers in Myanmar. These workers, who have sacrificed their lives and blood for the nation, deserve to enjoy the fruits of equality, liberty, and justice in their workplaces. Only when workers can focus solely on their work without worrying about basic family needs such as food, clothing, and shelter can they fully dedicate themselves to the development of their workplaces and enhance production.

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