15 May 2019
The 2nd National Dialog Forum on Labour Court Setting held for two days in Yangon from 14th to 15th May.
The Forum was organized by Myanmar Industries Craft & Services Trade Union Federation with the purpose to collect different opinions on labour issues.
The very first forum was held in June 2018, and the outcomes from the 1st forum that labour courts are actually needed, called for the 2nd edition.
This year forum, which mainly focused on the emergence of labour courts, gathered by the employees, employers, related government officials and the experts.
General Secretary, Myanmar Industries Craft & Services Trade Union Federation, Thet Hnin Aung said “This is a 2-day forum for this year. Yesterday, the Trade Unions discussed matters on suggestions and demands from workers’ point of view. Today is the tripartite discussion on the concerned topics. There are two main types of confict when it comes to labour – benefits and opportunities. The governemnt needs to listen to the voices of employees more than just employers for better industrial relations.”
Suggestions were also made for lessening the challenges faced by the workers.
General Secretary, Myanmar Industries Craft & Services Trade Union Federation, Thet Hnin Aung said “Prosecuted workers or workers who want to file lawsuits have to go through multiple steps before bringing the case into court and that is time consuming and costly. Workers who can’t endure the time and money have to withdraw the cases. Labour courts are needed to reduce those challenges of workers.”
Myanmar Industries Craft & Services Trade Union Federation plans to organize the 3rd forum where role model for labour courts will be taken into consideration. It’s learnt that the representatives from the Supreme Court of the Union and Union Attorney General Office will join in the third forum for fruitful results.