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Military Coup In Myanmar: Solidarity Action

The International Trade Union Confederation
(ITUC) is appalled at the seizing of power by the military
in Myanmar and will do all within its power to stop the coup
succeeding, ensure the release of those detained and bring
an end to the violence and harassment of the people of

The perpetrators of the coup must be
exposed and isolated, and trade unions around the world are
planning solidarity actions at 20:00 Myanmar time, 11
February, to coincide with the daily ‘noise
’ of people in Myanmar.

Sharan Burrow,
ITUC General Secretary, said: “We are demanding that all
governments stand together and not recognise or appease the
military takeover.

“Myanmar’s seat at the United
Nations must be vacated, the UN Security Council must take
action and we need an urgent special session of the UN Human
Rights Council.

“The Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) must act to fulfil the democracy and human
rights commitments in its charter. As a first step,
sanctions should be targeted at the military leaders,
including immediate financial sanctions that focus on the
military’s business interests.

“All governments
need to trace supply chains of military-run companies to
ensure full and complete application of these

“Of course, all military cooperation with
Myanmar must cease immediately with a ban on weapons exports
to the country. All lobby firms employed by Myanmar’s
military should be exposed and held to account by

“We need immediate support and
assistance for all refugees fleeing persecution by
Myanmar’s military, and diplomatic staff in foreign
countries must be protected.

companies should provide support to workers where operations
are curtailed and give support and protection to workers
protesting the coup.

“We stand in solidarity with
Myanmar’s workers and with the people of Myanmar and pay
tribute to those brave, working people taking action to
reject the military takeover.

“After 30 years of
military dictatorship, we pledge to stand united with the
people of Myanmar to ensure that the people’s vote is
respected and that all those who have been democratically
elected can form a legitimate

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