Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar

Reducing risks for workers is a global challenge

28/04/2018 - 00:00

On World Day for Safety and Health at Work, EU Ambassadors encourage the government to improve labour standards for workers in Myanmar

Every year more than two million people lose their lives from work-related accidents or diseases world-wide. The 28th of April marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work – a day to highlight the importance of good labour practices to the well-being of workers. The EU and its Member States partner with Myanmar in its ambitious agenda for improving labour standards and are encouraged by the progress in this area.

In 2017, the Government of Myanmar introduced a draft law on occupational health and safety to Parliament, emphasising the responsibility of the Government, workers and employers to cooperate on prioritising safety. EU Member States believe that the employer should have the responsibility for safety and health at the workplace. At the same time, there should be no unnecessary barriers placed upon businesses with regard to permissions.

To protect workers and promote a good business environment, a functioning labour market – based on collaboration among workers, employers and the government – is essential. Myanmar's joint roadmap for labour market reform; laws promoting modern labour dispute settlement and aiming to enhance freedom of association are steps to the right direction.

Reducing risks at the workplace is a global challenge, which requires international cooperation. EU Member States are proud to support various programmes in Myanmar:

  • Denmark and the European Union joined the International Labour Organization's “Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labour Rights and Practices in Myanmar,” which supports the government and stakeholders in promoting international labour standards and responsible business practices;
  • Germany and the European Union contributes to the Vision Zero Fund to enhance prevention, protection, and compensation of work-related injuries in the garment and ginger value chains in Myanmar;
  • Since 2013, the European Union has funded the SMART Myanmar project, which supports and promotes sustainable consumption and production of garments “Made in Myanmar.”


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