On February 1st 2021, the commanding military officers of Myanmar staged a coup halting the recent democratic transition of the country. The Confederation of Trade Union - Myanmar (CTUM), as the largest union in the country, has been at the forefront of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CBM) against the coup, organizing major industrial strikes, and street protests. Labor leaders and striking workers are now facing growing threats of being detained, despite condemnation from the International Labor Organization (ILO). The military authorities arrested or issued arrest warrants on many CTUM leaders and the police is tracking trade union leaders into their homes.
Our financial support is needed to help the CTUM with the organization of rallies and communications between organizers. The fundraiser will also support fired workers and those that cannot pay for their hostels or food due to strikes and protests participation and allow protestors to stay in contact through mobile and satellite phones. Many leaders and workers have not worked since the beginning of the military coup and are counting on our support.
The International Committee (IC) of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is collaborating with the Italian organization ITALIA-BIRMANIA.INSIEME to provide emergency support to CTUM as it continues to fight against the military regime.
ITALIA-BIRMANIA.INSIEME, founded in 2013, works with Myanmar trade unions and democratic political forces to promote peace, interethnic dialogue, programs on rule of law, quality employment, decent work, industrial relations and responsible investments. After the bloody military coup, ITALIA-BIRMANIA.INSIEME, in agreement with the Burmese trade union confederation CTUM, whose President is among its founding members, is developing initiatives to support the CDM, the CRPH and the trade unions, to overcome the military dictatorship, to change the military constitution and build a democratic, federal Union.
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