Six leaders and members of the HLOB union at Hotel Tharabar Gate in Bagan were released from prison on March 29 to an emotional welcome from family and union members after serving their full 30-day sentences. The six were tried, convicted and immediately taken to prison on March 1 after being arrested in December for attempting to lead a peaceful march to protest the brutal police destruction of their solidarity picket. IUF members around the world demonstrated at Myanmar embassies and diplomatic mission to demand their release.
March 29 – family and union members queue to greet the trade unionists on their release from prison
HLOB-organized family event on March 31
Their union has faced continual attacks since it was formed and registered four years ago. In August 2018, management terminated the union chairman along with 11 other workers, including two members of the union executive and 7 active union members.
HLOB continues to fight for the reinstatement of the union members and officers terminated last August and the 23 members who were terminated in December for refusing to cross the union picket in solidarity with the 12. In December 2018 the IUF lodged a formal complaint against the government of Myanmar with the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association.
The fight for reinstatement and recognition of trade union rights in one of Myanmar’s key tourism regions continues – CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF MYANMAR! The government must rescind the unfair sentencing of the six trade unionists, ensure that Hotel Tharabar Gate reinstates all workers dismissed for defending trade union rights and enter into good faith negotiations with HLOB.
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