Workers’ Day observed in Yangon

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Workers hold banners of labour unions and march towards Aungmyathar Sports Ground in Hlinethaya. photo: Phoe khwar

With Myanmar enacting the foreign investment law, workers must acquire modern skills to grab job opportunities that will emerge depending on foreign fund inflows, said Union Minister for Labour, Immigration, and Population U Thein Swe.
He made the remarks at the annual celebration of the International Labour Day, also known as May Day or International Workers’ Day, at Hlinethaya in Yangon Region yesterday.
About 5,000 workers, including members of labour unions marched towards the Aungmyathar Sports Ground, holding banners of their respective labor unions, to mark Workers’ Day.
“Our workers are urged to work hard to keep abreast with other countries, where the competition has become intense due to new technologies,” said the Union Minister. “Our workers must promote the image of our factories, which can meet regional and international standards,” he added. The ceremony yesterday began with a message from President U Wing Myint, which was read out by U Win Shein, the Director-General of the Department of Labour.
To improve the socio-economic condition of the people, the government has been carrying out reforms, amending and drafting laws concerning labourers, through tripartite meetings between representatives of employers, employees, and the government, said the Union Minister.
At the ceremony, Yangon Region’s Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, President of the Confederation of Trade Union Myanmar (CTUM) U Maung Maung, Yangon Region Minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs and Labour Affairs U Zaw Aye Maung, Vice Chairman of the Labour Affairs Committee of the National League for Democracy U Kyaw Htwe, an officer from the International Labour Organization (Yangon), General Secretary of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry U Aung Kyi Soe, and representatives of organizations concerned with labour affairs delivered keynote addresses.
The 7th celebration of Workers’ Day was organized by the CTUM. Workers enjoyed the entertainment and games at the ceremony, and visited CTUM booths displaying labour activities.—Zaw Gyi (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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