Call for contributions to Myanmar Strike Fund

Our courageous brothers and sisters who are fighting for democracy in Myanmar need your help to survive.

On 1 February 2021, a day before the newly elected Parliament convened, the Tatmadaw – the Myanmar military – staged a coup and arrested President Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and more than a hundred elected lawmakers from the National League of Democracy (NLD), which had won a landslide victory in the November 2020 election.

Within days, workers were on strike all over the country. The ITUC’s affiliate in Myanmar, the Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM), have coordinated workers’ strikes in the defence of democracy. They have called on the international community to support comprehensive sanctions that are critical to stopping the military from succeeding in maintaining the reign of terror, including choking off personal and business finance to the generals.

Tragically, the brutality of the Myanmar junta in their bid to retain power has had terrible consequences:

  • 769 people, including children, have been killed as the military has fired live bullets into crowds, public buildings and residences.
  • 4,737 people have been arrested, with reports of torture and sexual assault.
  • 20 union leaders have been arrested, and warrants have been issued for at least 75 more, with unions now subject to the penal code.
  • Union offices have been ransacked, and the military is searching activists’ houses.
  • Hundreds of families of railway workers were evicted from government-issued housing for being involved in strikes and protests in late April, when nearly all of Myanmar Railway’s 20,000 workers were on strike.
  • Workers who do not return to their jobs are being laid off without severance pay.
  • The military regime has also imposed strict curfews, technological surveillance, and regular internet and telephone shutdowns.

The global labour movement has set up a coordinated strike fund for distribution to Myanmar unions.

Myanmar workers and their families are risking their livelihoods, lives and homes to resist the military regime.

Our solidarity is critical.

Contributions to the fund will be distributed among workers and families who have lost their livelihoods due to strike or other protest actions and to cover people’s emergency needs such as food, shelter, medical care among others.

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