US, Japan, Denmark Promote Labor Rights in Burma

By Josh Leaderman 14 November 2014

RANGOON — The U.S. is teaming up with Japan and Denmark to try to improve labor conditions in Burma, where poor conditions for workers have long been a concern.

The White House says the three countries will launch an initiative with the International Labor Organization aimed at reforming Burma’s labor laws over a number of years. The goal is to get business, labor groups and government institutions cooperating.

The White House says the U.S. will pay for a labor law expert to advise Burma’s government on reforming its laws. The three countries also are inviting other nations and organizations to join the effort.

The U.S. is announcing the initiative on the last day of President Barack Obama’s trip to Burma. Obama is encouraging Burma to keep pursuing democratization despite recent setbacks.