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Building trade unions in Myanmar

  • IndustriALL talks to Maung Maung, a prominent union leader of Myanmar

31 March, 2015Hear Maung Maung, president of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM), talk about the challenges of building well functioning industrial relations in Myanmar.

Maung Maung is president of the CTUM, to which 50 per cent of the country's unions belong. He spent 24 years in exile before he was allowed to return to Myanmar in 2012. Maung Maung is also a member of the governing board of the International Labour Organization (ILO), as one of 14 representing labour.

There needs to be understanding of industrial relations. You need lots of help raising the awareness and also on developing the skills on organizing and standards regarding health and safety, minimum wage, decent work. So we still have lots of work to to.