Labour Law Reform

Trade for Decent Work Project

Legal and Institutional Reforms for Improved Labour Market Governance (Myanmar). This project assists Myanmar to develop a labour law framework that is gender responsive and based on the principles of tripartite social dialogue as well as improving compliance with International Labour Standards ratified by Myanmar.


This project supports Myanmar’s transition from decades of social and economic isolation by providing technical support for improving labour governance through labour law reform and improved implementation.

This is part of the Labour Law Reform Initiative comprised of the ILO and the Governments of Myanmar, Japan, United States, Denmark and the European Union. This project is implemented with the support of the European Union.

This project seeks to support for Myanmar’s labour law reform objectives using tripartite social dialogue as a central focal point for action through a Technical Working Group on Labour Law Reform and the National Tripartite Dialogue Forum. In addition, the project seeks to build the capacity of Parliamentarians and other decision makers in the labour law making process as well as those implementing and interpreting the law.


  • Strengthen the capacity of tripartite constituents’ to organize and/or actively participate in labour law review processes, to ensure that laws or regulations are aligned with relevant International Labour Standards.
  • Enhance the capacity of labour market institutions to develop coherent laws, and promote improved application and compliance with labour laws.


  • Technical assistance is provided to the Government in introducing or amending legislation and adopting regulations in support of labour law reform
  • Officials, including MOLIP and Union Attorney General’s Office are training on public policy development and preparing legislation
  • A cohesive labour law framework, based on gender equality and social dialogue principles is promoted.
  • Awareness of ILO Conventions is raised.

Key activities

  1. Review and provide technical comments on draft legislation and proposed amendments
  2. Facilitate regular consultations among government, social partners and wider stakeholders through the Technical Working Group on Labour Law Reform and National Tripartite Dialogue Forum
  3. Provide technical training on policy preparation, international labour standards and legal drafting for MOLIP, Parliamentarians and Union Attorney General’s Office
  4. Support the tripartite constituents and Parliamentarians in conducting gender responsive gap analyses
  5. Develop and implement promotional information on ratification of ILO Conventions
  6. Assist the Government in holding a National Stakeholder Forum to review progress on labour law reform
  7. Deliver awareness raising on international labour standards.