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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.

Find out more about the FTUB [www.burmafund.org]
Find out more about the Burma Campaign UK [www.burmacampaign.org.uk]

TUC Aid Appeal 2010-11

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.


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 international agreement on a code of responsible investment in Burma.
02 April 2013
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 recommendations for the UK government and other actors under...
24 October 2012
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.
14 August 2012
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 resistance.
08 March 2012
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.
02 March 2012
Burma needs to address chronic human rights abuses before sanctions are lifted says a new report from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
15 February 2012
Trade unions have long been banned in Burma. Their members have been jailed, tortured or killed. That's why unions globally are calling an ILO Commossion of Inquiry to apply real pressure on the regime to reform.
06 October 2011
The TUC is calling on the UK Government to take the lead in securing consensus for a UN Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity by the regime in Burma.
02 August 2011
The TUC is calling on the UK Government to take the lead in securing consensus for a UN Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity by the regime in Burma.
02 August 2011
TUC General Secretary welcomed the release today of the leader of the Burmese opposition, Aung San Suu Kyi, but warned that the Burmese dictatorship still held thousands of political prisoners, refused to allow democracy, free speech or free trade unions, and continued the systematic use of forced labour.
13 November 2010