600 railway workers get permanent positions
Over 600 casual railway workers have taken up permanent positions thanks to the efforts of the Myanmar Railway Workers union. In a country with high joblessness and no benefits, this has huge significance. When they were asked if this meant more money, the President of the Union said that the increase in wages was small, but for these people more important gains were the job security and access to health and welfare services.
The union will now provide health and safety training for these workers – a high priority in a country which is ranked at number 116 (out of 119 countries) for workplace accidents, according to the ILO. A tailored course will be developed in consultation with the New Zealand Rail and Maritime Union and delivered under our union building project.