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A mining union is Myanmar is calling on the government and employers to improve health and safety in mines, demanding measures including emergency exits, clean drinking water and fire extinguishers at the worksites. The Mining Workers Federation of Myanmar (MWFM), which is affiliated to the global union IndustriALL, has said there can be no compromise when it comes to health and safety, stating that authorities and employers must put human lives before profit. MWFM president Thaung Nyunt said: “Through IndustriALL's project activities we have been able to successfully lobby employers to implement safety guidelines and appoint safety supervisors. Joint investigation committees with workers and employers were also set up in accordance to the law.” He added: “Mining companies should welcome our organising drive, as union representatives will oversee implementation of safety and health measures in mines. Good practice will be realised through continuous social dialogue.” He said MWFM’s position paper on the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 176 on Safety and Health in Mines identified gaps in the country’s legal protections that should be remedied. MWFM membership is now almost 7,500, up 57 per cent since 2018.
IndustriALL news release.
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