On 8 November Burma will hold crucial general elections, which makes this is an important time to hold the government to account for the increasing crack down on trade union rights and repression that many workers are facing in the country. In support of the Amnesty International Urgent Action, this week the TUC General Secretary has written to the Ambassador for Burma to call for the immediate release of four union activists who are currently being held in the notorious Insein prison for supporting garment workers striking for a living wage. Two of the activists, Naing Zaw Kyi Win and Thu Zaw Kyi Win were arrested after providing support to striking garment workers from factories in Yangon’s Shwe Pyi Thar Industrial Zone. Meanwhile two union leaders, Myo Min Min and Naing Htay Lwin, were arrested in February after calling for a $1 a day increase in wages for garment workers. They were imprisoned under Burma’s penal code Section 505(b) which states that any person who incites the

Source: Take action to free imprisoned garment union activists in Burma

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