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YANGON – Local unions in Myanmar are demanding more support from global brands sourcing from the country as they protest on the streets against military rule. The Federation of General Workers Myanmar has called on apparel brands using suppliers in Myanmar to “immediately issue a public statement demanding that no workers in Myanmar factories are dismissed, disciplined or discouraged in any way from participating in the Civil Disobedience Movement.”

They claim that a statement issued by Action Collaboration Transformation (ACT) by members which include C&A, H&M Inditex and Bestseller, does not go far enough. That statement, issued in February, is much more general, saying brands are committed to “respecting human rights and labour rights in our operations and supply chains, in particular, the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of opinion, and freedom of association under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

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