Law, labour disputes and trade union building in Myanmar

Zajak, Sabrina

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On June the 9th 2016, More than 12,000 workers from different Yangon factories were protesting in Hlaing Tharyar township against low wages, forced and unpaid overtime, and the firing of organized workers. They were also protesting against the employers’ ignorance against the decisions made by the Dispute Settlement Arbitration Council. With the introduction of the new labour law and the democratic opening in Myanmar since 2011, workers increasingly articulate inhumane working conditions and labour disputes are rising. Trade unions play a crucial role in helping workers formulating and articulating their complaints. Claiming rights is an important driver for democratic change in a political environment which was characterized by brutal repression of trade unions and labour rights under the military regime for over 50 years. This article discusses the link between trade union’s role in the interpretation, spread, and application of the labour law and the current model of worker organizing.

Document type: Article
Publisher: Open Democracy
Place of Publication: UK
Date: 2017
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 30 May 2017
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Keywords: Birma, Gewerkschaft, Arbeitsrecht
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gesetz, Arbeitsrecht, Gewerkschaft, Myanmar /Law, labour disputes, trade union building, Myanmar
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: other countries