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The situation in Burma remains a major concern for many British Trade Unionists due to the repressive nature of the military regime. The TUC is particularly concerned about the continued use of forced labour and the repression of trade unions. We maintain close contact with the exiled Federation of Trade Unions of Burma (FTUB). Working with affiliated unions and the Burma Campaign UK, we seek to persuade the British government to take stronger action including a ban on UK investment in Burma.
TUC Aid is appealing for funds to help trade unionists in Burma, as well as Palestine and Zimbabwe. From rampant forced labour and the recruitment of child soldiers to waging war on its own people, Burma is one of the worst countries in the world to be a worker. The Federation of Trade Unions – Burma (FTUB) is banned, dubbed a terrorist organisation by the regime and forced to operate underground. Your support can help the FTUB educate and train its organisers and tell Burmese workers' stories to the outside world. With sham elections in November threatening to entrench military rule, now is a critical time to help the Burmese unions in their struggle for democracy and workers' rights.
The most recent documents available on this subject are:Responsible investment in Burma
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to Foreign Secretary William Hague ahead of the G8 Foreign Ministers' meeting that he is hosting in London next week. Her letter urges him to use the meeting's discussion of Burma to secure internatio...PDF version available for download
The recently adopted UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represent a strong international consensus on how to tackle the global rise in business-related human rights abuses. To help bring them to life, the TUC has developed a set of re...
For the first time in generations workers in Burma are now free to form trade unions. But they are starting from scratch in a country slowly emerging from dictatorship and extreme poverty. Please help them by supporting TUC Aid's Burma Appeal.
Women workers around the world are celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March 2012. Here are some of the statements they have issued, many of which will be profiled at the TUC's International Women's Day event on Women and austerity: impact and...PDF version available for download
The TUC is calling on the UK Government to ensure that no significant EU sanctions against Burma are lifted until forced labour and other serious human rights abuses have been addressed.
Burma needs to address chronic human rights abuses before sanctions are lifted says a new report from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
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