Railway workers project on track
Although unions are registering in Myanmar at a rapid rate (there are now more than 515 unions), most of their leaders are very young and have little knowledge about unions or how to organise effectively. UnionAID is funding a six month pilot to assist the Myanmar Railways union leaders to recruit and organise as many of the 20,000 employees as possible. The project will be managed by Federation of Trade Unions Burma (FTUB) Human Rights Secretary, Min Lwin. He has just returned from Mae Sot on the Thai border where he has spent the last 24 years in exile. Our vocational training proposal in Dawei was unsuccessful in attracting government funding so this will be the focus of our efforts in Burma instead.