A WORKSHOP on National Complaints Mechanism kicked off yesterday morning, at the Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, with an opening address by Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population.
The workshop was jointly conducted by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and the International Labour Organization (ILO). It aims at elimination of forced labour and establishing a National Complaints Mechanism in Myanmar.
In his opening speech, Union Minister U Thein Swe said that the workshop was held with the aim of eliminating forced labour and establishing a mechanism in a way that befits Myanmar. In an effort to eliminate forced labour, Myanmar signed an MoU with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002 and appointed a liaison officer while signing Supplementary Understanding (SU) to establish complaints mechanism with the cooperation of relevant ministries. Myanmar signed an MoU with ILO in 2012, and set up a work committee aiming to carry out the grand strategy for the elimination of Forced Labour and drew up a Labour Affairs committee in 2018, and the project had been updated up to December, 2018.
The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population has played a focal role for ten years to alleviate poverty in Myanmar; as a result, it was found that the number of complaints has declined. As for the ministry, efforts are being made to eliminate the use of forced labour with the cooperation of ILO. He added that the workshop was held to set up a suitable mechanism for the country. All were urged to take part in sharing their knowledge and experience.
Then Liaison Officer of the ILO (Yangon Office) Mr. Rory Mungoven extended his greetings and all the attendees participated in the discussion. The workshop on Complaints Mechanism will be held till 18 January. —MNA (Translated
by Win Ko Ko Aung)