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Myanmar Unions Growing

When UnionAID was established in 2009 trade unions were illegal in Myanmar.  Our friends in the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma (FTUB) like Min Lwin and Htwe Nge lived in exile on the Thai border, unable to return to their homes from fear of imprisonment by the military junta. Since 2012, when Myanmar moved …

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Rangsit and Area Labour Union Activity Not Stopped by COVID-19

The lockdown in Thailand has not prevented union leaders from starting a new ambitious UnionAID funded project. Trialling a video link, they have run their first of twenty study groups, in this case to prepare factory workers for their upcoming negotiations with their medical supplies company. Other planned topics include how to engage youth and …

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Young Leaders Work to Prevent COVID Spread

With their everyday work activities on hold, several of our young leaders have initiated practical strategies in response to the Covid-19 outbreak in their home countries. In Indonesia, Rosa  is working with her local team to install hand-washing facilities in public places in Nagakeo. Her NGO, WISE, is also providing emergency medical assistance to hospitals …

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Geopolitics a Tough Topic At Myanmar Young Leaders Conference

High profile speakers on geopolitics, including our Ambassador Steve Marshall, had alumni enthralled at the alumni conference in Bagan recently. Myanmar is rich in resources and with a number of powerful neighbours, tensions over the exploitation of minerals and other natural resources by other countries are a common concern, particularly for minority groups who are …

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A room full of workers seated in a conference room, most have a hand raised to vote to become part of the Rangsit and Area Labour Union Group

Union Project Builds Momentum in Rangsit

By using a wide range of thoughtful strategies, the Rangsit and Area Labour Union Group (RLUG) can boast significant successes in building the union and improving lives. Over the past year under the UnionAID funded project in Thailand, RLUG has: signed up three new unions increased membership to 60% in five of their nineteen unions …

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