Category: Mae Sot, Thailand

Faceless factories mask illegal practices

Faceless factories mask illegal practices

It may seem strange, but young Burmese migrant workers on the Thai-Burma border often don’t know the names of the Thai factories where they work. The failure to have signs and names on their...

Film screenings a hit

Film screenings a hit

Nearly 1000 New Zealanders now have a better understanding of the situation in Burma after attending the fund-raising screenings of Breaking the Silence in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin and Nelson. Thanks to the enthusiasm of...

Dark age conditions

Dark age conditions

Although a legal Burmese migrant worker in Thailand is covered by all aspects of Thai labour laws, in practice, they are rarely enforced.  Factory work normally starts at 8am and finishes at 9pm, seldom...

Burmese migrant workers in Thailand

Burmese migrant workers in Thailand

The oppression of people in Burma, as well as economic hardship, has caused a major migration of people to surrounding countries, particularly along the Thai border. It is estimated that there are more than...

Comment, Solidarity Autumn 2010

Comment, Solidarity Autumn 2010

Late last year I took part in a participatory evaluation of our UnionAID projects in South India and on the Thai-Burma border. I spent a week with each project and, after meetings and visits...

New Zealand Premiere of Breaking the Silence: Burma’s Resistance

New Zealand Premiere of Breaking the Silence: Burma’s Resistance

A new Canadian documentary directed by Pierre Mignault and filmed secretly inside Burma showcases the country’s little known networks of resistance movements. It sheds light on the enormous risks taken by ordinary Burmese, and...

Information is empowering

Information is empowering

Burmese migrant workers in Thailand have been learning about their rights in UnionAID project training delivered by our partner, the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma. 19 training courses were held during 2008 to...

Leadership Training for Women

Leadership Training for Women

A new three year UnionAID project with Burmese migrant workers will have a strong focus on leadership training for women. The project has been approved under the NZAID KOHA-PICD programme which will mean that...

Project Leader in Mae Sot

Project Leader in Mae Sot

Saw Min Lwin is the project leader of the joint UnionAID –FTUB project in Mae Sot, Thailand.  Min is well known to many unionists in Wellington because he spent six months here in 2003....

Young Leaders for Burma

Young Leaders for Burma

Six young community leaders from Burma are at Victoria University for 6 months under a UnionAID project jointly funded by NZAID. The  programme is divided between English language tuition and a specially designed course...

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