Wednesday, June 01, 2011
At the opening ceremony of the 100th International Labour Conference, it was pointed out that Burma was the only country not to have a Workers' delegation. FTUB Vice President U Than Lwin and Regional Secretary U Zarni Thwe participated in the ceremony.
Brief report presented by the Chairperson of the Governing Body of the International Labour Office on the credentials of the delegates and advisors to the 100th session of the International Labour Conference. Furthermore, while the Conference and the Credentials Committee have previously insisted on the obligations which article 33 of the Constitutions imposes on the governments requiring them to send complete delegations to the Conference, two member states (Haiti and Tajikistan) have accredited a delegation exclusively composed of Government delegates. In addition, one member state (Myanmar) have appointed an Employers delegate but no Workers delegate, while two member states ( Bosnia and Herzegovina and Uzbekistan) have appointed a Workers delegate but no Employers delegate.
On May 31st, three members of the Federation of Trade Unions – Burma (FTUB) arrived in Geneva to attend the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) 100th Session of the International Labor Conference. FTUB Vice President U Than Lwin, General Secretary U Maung Maung, and Regional Secretary U Zarni Thwe will attend the conference, where they will ask for an ILO Commission of Inquiry into violations of the freedom of association in Burma. The delegation will also discuss workers’ rights violations in Burma.
The FTUB is a member of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the world’s largest trade union with over 175 million members workers in 157 countries. The FTUB is currently working on issues of forced labor, and the continual denial of freedom of association in Burma. It has been presenting claims of works’ rights violations before the ITUC since 1992.