Myanmar’s workers left vulnerable as junta crushes unions — Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s workers left vulnerable as junta crushes unions Myanmar’s labor unions have been all but crushed amid a crackdown by the junta in the more than 19 months since the military seized power in a coup, according to union officials and the workers who they represent.

On March 1, 2021 – one month after the takeover – the newly formed junta’s Ministry of Immigration and Manpower declared 16 labor unions and labor activist organizations illegal. Activists who promote workers’ rights and the groups they represent have since become a target of frequent harassment by authorities.

In a report released on Aug. 24, the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Yangon warned that trade unions and civil society organizations (CSOs) providing services to workers and migrants “face an existential threat” in Myanmar following the takeover, citing the severe limitations on their ability to operate amid what it called “targeted persecution.”

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