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Myanmar unions fighting obstacles to organizing

19 November, 2018Workers and unions in Myanmar often face difficulties in terms of union busting, low pay and rampant precarious work. IndustriALL’s union building project focuses on strengthening unions to fight back.

Strike action reinstates union leaders in Myanmar

10 January, 2019A two-week strike by garment workers at the Chinese-owned Cixing Knitting Factory in Myanmar has ended after the company agreed to reinstate seven sacked union leaders. 

Myanmar – building a level playing field for labour

11 March, 2015At a meeting with Myanmar’s labour minister on 9 March, Jyrki Raina, General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, called for a minimum living wage and funds for social welfare programs.

Passion for better lives in Myanmar

31 March, 2015After fifty years of military rule, Myanmar is taking steps towards becoming a democracy and a new industrial tiger. Workers are impatient in their desire for a better life, and they know they need unions for creating a durable change.

Myanmar must reform labour laws to end union busting

7 June, 2019Twenty-five unionists from the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) and the Mining Workers Federation of Myanmar (MWFM) converged in Yangon on 17-18 May 2019 for a mid-term meeting of the union building project.

IndustriALL trains women leaders in Myanmar

10 August, 201520 years after the Beijing Declaration on women’s economic rights and independence women still face economic inequality in many parts of the world. On 26 and 27 July 2015, IndustriALL Global Union organized leadership training for women together with the Central Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar (CTUM).

Red armbands for wage increases in Myanmar

1 June, 2015Using red armbands as a powerful symbol, workers in Myanmar have succeeded in achieving pay rises without stopping production.   

Historic official registration of CTUM union in Myanmar

23 July, 2015IndustriALL Global Union celebrates the historic awarding of the trade union registration certificate to the Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar, today 23 July.

Women unionists in South East Asia mobilize for year ahead

24 February, 2016Women trade unionists from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines are to make gender equality and maternity protection a priority in 2016, following a series of strategy meetings this month.

Building strong unions in Myanmar

29 October, 2014In a country where trade unions were banned until 2011, the founding congress of the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar, held on 18 and 19 October, marks an important leap forward for the trade union movement.