Business group vows to help 7000 Yangon workers get ID cards

The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry vowed to help some 7100 workers in Yangon Region’s 14 industrial zones to get their national registration cards (NRCs), a senior executive of the organisation said.

Daw Khine Khine Nwe, associate general secretary of the federation, said yesterday that his group will secure the cards within two months.

“There are nearly 400,000 workers in 14 townships in the region. Among them, 7100 workers do not have NRCs. We’ll get cards for them within two months,” said Daw Khine Khine Nwe.

She said they have been trying to get the NRC cards from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population since September 10.

The NRCs will give the workers proof of identity and help employers comply with the law, she said.

“With the full cooperation of employers and employees, it will be successful,” Daw Khine Khine Nwe said.

Director General U Thein Shwe Win of the Immigration Department said the cards will be distributed at central locations in Yangon’s eastern, western and southern districts.

Ko Naw Aung, vice chair of the Myanmar Industries Craft and Services Trade Union Federation, said that workers used to think that having an NRC made no difference. Recently, those who had the cards found that they had better opportunities, so the (workers) called for more NRCs to be issued, he said.

SOURCE: MYANMAR TIMES

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