Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Tai Yi workers form unofficial union

6 March 2012
New Delhi (Mizzima) – Workers at the Tai Yi footwear factory in Rangoon 
Region formed an unofficial trade union on Sunday. Women workers make 
up the majority of the 21-member executive committee, said labour 
adviser Su Su Nway, who helped the workers form the trade group. 
She said the unofficial trade group would continue to represent workers 
in negotiations with the factory management.

Burma’s natural gas export earnings jump

6 March 2012
(Mizzima) – Burma’s budget revenues took a big jump in 2011, with natural 
gas exports earning US$ 2.94 billion in the first 11 months of the fiscal year 
2011-12, up about $424.7 million dollars from 2010-11, according to 
local media reports.

‘Burma sanctions must stay’: trade unions

6 March 2012
Burma must take significant steps to end human rights abuses, 
especially forced labour, before the EU can consider easing further 
sanctions against Burma, a leading British union body has warned.
Free and fair elections on 1 April are not enough to warrant a 
significant revision of the EU sanctions policy against Burma, the 
General Secretary of the Trade Union Confederation (TUC) said 
in a letter to UK Foreign Minister William Hague.