Nurses’ Union established in Myanmar
Low salaries, long hours and poor working conditions in public hospitals are driving large numbers of nurses and midwives into the private sector, some even paying a fine to get out of public duties. To address these issues and give nurses a voice, the Myanmar Nursing and Midwifery Union was recently established at a Congress in Yangon which was funded by UnionAID.
Over 200 nurses and midwives from across the country participants in the two day inaugural congress. An executive was elected by the delegates and a strategic plan formulated to grow the union and tackle issues such as wages, workplace harassment and menial jobs. Already Thida Khin, President, and Daw Chaw Kalayar, Secretary, have taken up a case of workplace abuse of two nurses by a doctor and are waiting for the results.