Law­maker calls on min­istry to set up labour ar­bi­tra­tion coun­cil

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­[email protected]­

THE Min­istry of Labour, Immigration and Pop­u­la­tion should form an ar­bi­tra­tion coun­cil to set­tle dis­putes be­tween em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees, Daw Ei Ei Py­one, Amyotha Hlut­taw (Up­per House) MP for Aye­yarwady Re­gion con­stituency 8, said.

“The min­istry is mainly re­spon­si­ble for deal­ing with labour dis­putes. It is more suitable if the min­istry is as­signed to this task, be­cause the re­sults may be dif­fer­ent if car­ried out by re­gional gov­ern­ments,” she told a dis­cus­sion on planned amendments to the Set­tle­ment of Labour Dis­putes Law on Tues­day.

The Pyithu Hlut­taw (Lower House) ear­lier passed an amend­ment to the bill that as­signed re­gion or state gov­ern­ments to or­gan­ise ar­bi­tra­tion coun­cils.

Daw Ei Ei Py­one said she op­poses the amendments pro­posed by the lower house, in­clud­ing one that stip­u­lates that the coun­cil mem­bers have to choose the chair­per­son.

She said she prefers the pro­posal by the up­per house that “mem­bers choose the coun­cil’s pres­i­dent and sec­re­tary by vot­ing.”

“The vot­ing sys­tem pro­posed by the up­per house is more ap­pro­pri­ate to tackle labour dis­putes ef­fec­tively and the coun­cil mem­bers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tion,” Daw Ei Ei Py­one said.

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