A coordination meeting of the High-Level Working Group on Cooperation of Labour Affairs (HLWG-CLA) was held at the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the 16 ministries that are members to the working committee. Union Minister U Thein Swe first briefed on the meeting agenda which includes sharing the results of the 337th Session of the Governing Body of the ILO on Myanmar’s process in abolishing forced labour, its future processes, and establishing a National Complaints Mechanism and forming an interim mechanism before it is completed.
The Union Minister said ILO celebrated their centenary in Yangon on 21 October this year in conjunction with the 14th National Tripartite Dialogue Forum. He said ILO’s Deputy Director-General Mr Greg Vines attended both events and constructive results from discussions there were carried over to the 337th ILO governing body’s session. He said this resulted in the removal of facts distorted from the reality on the ground from the proposal by
US and labour representative group to apply pressure on Myanmar. The Union Minister said that Myanmar’s Permanent Representative said ILO’s decision will give Myanmar enough time to show its improvements by the 338th Session in March 2020. He said cooperation with both employers and workers is required in implementing the National Complaints Mechanism. He said methods to resolve reports of forced labour and setting up Standard Operation Procedures will be needed when the national committee has been approved.—
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)