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A buddhist monk is stopped by riot police in Thailand

RLUG represent workers at Thai protests

UnionAID partners, The Rangsit Labour Unions Group was represented at the rallies, protests and marches at APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Community) in Bangkok Thailand this month. The concerns of a wider group representing workers in Thailand were that APEC opens up business trading, while ignoring labour rights, fair wages and the livelihoods of workers. The …

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New Project to Raise Wages for Thai Plasterboard Workers

A new UnionAID project will focus on preventing exploitation of migrant workers in Thailand who produce plasterboard now being sold very cheaply in Aotearoa-New Zealand. While Thai plasterboard will be up to 40% cheaper than locally produced plasterboard, analysis shows this benefit is gained from exploiting migrant workers in Thailand whose wages are up to …

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Solidarity Kitchens Support Sri Lankan Garment Workers

Every Sunday garment workers in Sri Lanka who have lost jobs because of the political and economic crisis come together to cook, talk, share experiences, and engage in morale boosting activities such as games, singing, and dancing. This is the initiative of our project partner, the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union (FTZ&GSEU) …

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Behrouz Boochani’s Warning

Victimisation of refugees has serious consequences for society and democracy, Kurdish journalist and human rights campaigner Behrouz Boochani warned in the Peter Conway Memorial Lecture on the 4th July. More than 150 people attended in person at Victoria University and via livestream. Drawing from his own experience in detention for more than five years on …

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Enthusiastic Young Leaders Meet Online

Ten young leaders from Mindanao and Indonesia respectively have started their sustainable development course and met one another online for the first time. As with other years, participants are from different places, ethnicities, and civil society work, including a labour rights activist from Mindanao and an educator supporting migrant workers and refugees in Indonesia. Thanks …

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Funds Urgently Needed to Pay Myanmar Medics, Teachers

Money is needed urgently to pay nurses, doctors and teachers working in the jungle with families fleeing the conflict in Myanmar. By refusing to work for the military regime these public sector workers are taking risks by volunteering their services. A mere $100-$200 per month will enable a doctor, nurse or teacher to continue their …

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Support UnionAID With Your Morning Coffee

Good Fortune Coffee has produced a special “Solidarity” roast of Timor Leste organic free trade coffee for the UnionAID May Day appeal with profits going to UnionAID. Good Fortune’s Matt Wilson says as a Living Wage employer he supports the UnionAID mission to build a better world through better work in all countries. The Solidarity …

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Striking workers continue to thwart Myanmar military

Thanks to our generous donors and supporters, $42,600 in donations have been sent directly to groups in Myanmar through UnionAID’s networks. This supports workers to defy the military and remain on strike. One month’s financial support to sustain 454 workers participating in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) strike action.  This includes nurses, doctors, teachers, clerical …

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Latest News From our Young Leaders Programmes

Inspirasi (Indonesia) and Mindanao: Both these programmes have recruited ten and eight participants respectively from a wide range of civil society organisations, with completely revamped sustainable development courses for each. From May (Inspirasi) and from August (Mindanao), the programmes will be delivered remotely to participants in their homes, while it is hoped the second stage …

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