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31 Aug 2021


Myanmar: Unions in Myanmar call for economic sanctions against the military junta

"IndustriALL supports campaign for comprehensive economic sanctions against Myanmar junta", 31 August 2021

...Myanmar’s labour movement says there is no ethical way to do business in the country and is calling for comprehensive sanctions, and for companies – including fashion brands – to divest and cease their operations in Myanmar.

Since the military coup in February, thousands of workers have been arrested, over 950 people have been killed, and the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 left 1,500 bodies in Yangon in one day alone in July. Under the military regime, workers in Myanmar are denied the right to freedom of association, health and safety and freedom of speech.

Representatives of the Myanmar Labour Alliance, Khaing Zar, Moe Sandar Myint and Nandar Sit Aung, exposed severe violations of workers’ rights in Myanmar: trade unionists have been dismissed when employers have collaborated with the authorities, collective agreements have not been respected, and Covid-19 protocols not followed...

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Myanmar: Trade unions & labour organisations call for economic sanctions against the military regime