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Freedom, Protection: Confederation Of Trade Union Myanmar Holds Press Conference

13 June 2018

Although Myanmar has ratified ILO convention No. (87) on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, it’s still one of the 24 countries which don’t follow some of the facts of the agreement of the international Labor organization, and information and reports on the application of conventions and recommendation, the Confederation of Trade Union Myanmar (CTUM) said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Members of the Confederation of Trade Union Myanmar (CTUM) and Agriculture, Farmers Federation of Myanmar (AFFM) attended the 12-day 107th International Labour Conference was held at UN headquarters in Geneva on May and June.  They discussed such topics as Effective ILO development cooperation in support of the sustainable development goals, the violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work and many more.

Central Executive Member, Confederation of Trade Union Myanmar (CTUM), Khaing Zar Aung said “As the information and reports on the application of conventions and recommendation committee requested the Myanmar government to get technical assistance during the legislative process in line with the freedom of association and protection of the right of organize convention No. (87). It’s to ensure that workers are able to carry out their trade union activities and many others. At the conference, we reported on labor situations in Myanmar to get assistance for human resources and the labor dispute settlement mechanism.”

According to the CTUM, around 30 workers were expelled from factories in 2017 and 2018 for organizing labor trade union.