Burmese Solidarity – No Sweat
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Many high street clothing brands use garment factories in Myanmar. These brands have a responsibility to protect the people who make their clothes.
The military targeted workers for taking part in protests against the coup. Due to violence and fear, many are forced to flee their workplaces. Many workers who make clothes for these brands risk losing their livelihoods because they take a stand for democracy.
These companies can change that.
Trade unionists in Myanmar and around the world demand that global brands work with their suppliers to protect the jobs of workers who cannot make it to work due to the political situation. So far, some brands have suspended new orders, but they have yet to take action to secure payment of wages and severance pay. No Sweat recently joined 21 civil society groups and unions across the UK to call on brands to take action. You can read this statement here.
No Sweat reiterates its call on brands to act urgently:
- Publicly join the international condemnation of the military coup in Myanmar and support the demonstrations for democracy.
- Exercise due diligence in any trade in Myanmar by ensuring that there are no commercial or investment ties directly related to the military.
- When working with non-military related companies and suppliers in Myanmar, make sure that these companies do not contribute to or exacerbate human rights violations.
- Ensure job security and payment of wages for striking or protesting workers, and ensure that no worker or union leader is punished for striking or joining protests against the coup.
- Protect workers in areas where the security situation or a strong police or military presence makes them feel unsafe at work, ensuring that they are not forced to work, are not penalized or are not faced with lost wages.
You can also join us and put pressure on brands.
Use the electronic form below to tell brands operating in Myanmar to protect their workers and cut all commercial ties that support the military regime.