Monday, September 10, 2012

Labour minister meets FTUB leader Maung Maung

Monday, 10 September 2012 14:07 Theingi Tun

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Maung Maung, the general secretary of the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma (FTUB), based in exile, met with Labour Minister Maung Myint on Friday to discuss worker issues.

Maung Maung, the general secretary of the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma, at a meeting at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Rangoon on Sept. 6, 2012. Photo: Yan Naung / Mizzima

Among the issues facing the country are minimum salaries for workers, plans to provide work-related training, protection of workers rights and migrant workers in foreign countries.

Aye Cho, who attended the meeting at the ministry in Naypyitaw, told Mizzima that they discussed workers affairs, but it was lacking in detail.

“That was the first meeting, so details were not discussed," he said.

Maung Maung, who returned from the US to Burma on Sept. 4, told Mizzima that  he returned to Burma with the intention of forming workers’ unions in Burma and increasing workers’ capacities.

“Whatever the role that we will have, we will conduct affairs regarding forming workers union or affairs regarding relations between employers and employees or affairs regarding international [foreign] investments in Burma in order that the country can benefit,” said Maung Maung.

Maung Maung said that workers’ unions and employers’ associations should be formed as a preparation for the time when many foreign companies will enter Burma to do business.

Maung Maung left Burma in 1988. Recently, his name was removed from Burma’s blacklist.

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