The union representing New Zealand rail workers has
spoken up against the deaths of rail workers under the
Myanmar military dictatorship.
Rail and Maritime
Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson says there
have been reports of 15 railway workers, mostly union
members, being shot at the railway compound at Myitnge near
Mandalay, Myanmar, on 14 April 2021.
dictatorship are waging a vicious war against unarmed
civilians and workers, and New Zealand needs to do all it
can to bring international pressure on them.”
Butson says the RMTU is backing calls by the New Zealand
Council of Trade Unions to halt the ratification of the
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade
agreement that includes Myanmar.
He says the Labour
Government must place human rights before trade deals, and
Over 700 civilians have been killed
in Myanmar since 1 February when the military overthrew the
democratically elected Government.
workers have been involved in strikes as part of a civil
disobedience campaign against the military dictatorship,
says Mr Butson.
“The military dictatorship is
illegitimate and is responsible for mass killings. The RMTU
supports the Myanmar pro-democracy movement which includes
our fellow rail workers,” says Mr
Editorial note: The Rail and Maritime
Transport Union is an affiliate of the Labour