Transport workers get organised in Myanmar
From trishaws to taxis, from buses to motor bikes, getting people from place to place provides a living for thousands of workers in Myanmar.
Some of these jobs are threatened – trishaw drivers are being squeezed out by increasing numbers of taxis, taxis by a surge in private cars.
This means city roads are increasingly dangerous workplaces.
In other cities and villages, motor bikes are often the only public transport option.
There are twenty-five unions covering these workers, but our project partner, Thurein Aung from Action Labour Rights in Yangon, says that members often have little knowledge of the role of the union, or how to protect their health and safety.
This ten-month project aims to improve members’ understanding of basic union principles, health and safety, and provide union organising skills, through regular one-day training courses funded by UnionAID.
Thanks to Geoff Dude at Flickr for the photo: www.flickr.com/photos/geoffdude/24022714583/