Burma: Regional left support for workers’ struggle

Workers at Burma’s Taiyi shoe factory and Opal 2 garment factory began a strike on February 8, 2010. They are demanding a salary increase, a reduction of working hours and the provision of a clean space for meals.

Overall, working condition in Burma are worsening. The Burmese military regime is pro-foreign capital and depends on cheap wages and deplorable working conditions to attract foreign investment.

Like other democratic rights in Burma, the rights of workers, such as the freedom to form trade unions, are also being repressed.

Several regional organisations have signed a statement demanding:

The workers’ just demands be fulfilled; An end to all forms of repression against workers; and Full democratic rights for workers, including the right to organise, build independent trade unions and form political parties. Read the full statement here.