We urge trade unions and workers around the world to organise, unite and stand with the people of Myanmar and isolate the Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and other military leaders responsible for the coup.

What you can do

Join the Global Noise Barrage on 11 February in support of Myanmar's Labour Alliance and general workers.

  • Noise barrages before Myanmar embassies and/or consular offices at 14:30 CET; 09:30 EST; 10:30 BRT. Noise barrages in Yangon start at 20:00 MMT. Make sure to wear red shirts and bring red balloons, whistles and other noise devices.

  • Solidarity/symbolic actions in front of trade union offices in countries where mobility is highly regulated.

  • Press conferences. Ensure media coverage. Discuss the Global Unions statement to press people for widest distribution and popularisation.

  • Livestream, video record and take photos of all actions for extensive sharing.

  • Post videos and photos on our official social media platforms. Use the hashtag #Workers4Myanmar

Public service workers have taken the courageous lead to oppose the military coup and defend democracy.

Global Unions statement

We urge trade unions and workers around the world to organise, unite and stand with the people of Myanmar and isolate the Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and other military leaders responsible for the coup.

In line with the Global Unions vow to confront global forces that work against the interests of working people, leaders of the global union movement today:

  • Call on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against the military leaders responsible for the coup, Sanctions must also target economic capital which provide the military with its revenue;

  • Call on the UN Security Council to impose a global arms embargo on Myanmar;

  • Call on the European Union to cancel Myanmar's Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade status;

  • Call on international companies operating in Myanmar to end any direct or indirect business relationships or financial ties to military-owned businesses (details can be found in the UN Human Rights Council report on economic interest of the Myanmar military) and to use their leverage to secure the release of detainees, restore democratic institutions, and guarantee the human and labour rights of all Myanmar workers. This must include international companies providing support to workers where operations are curtailed, including protection to workers protesting the coup.

We call on our affiliated unions worldwide to support the measures outlined above and to:

  • Exert pressure on their national governments to demand that the Myanmar military rescind the state of emergency, immediately release all political figures and activists, defend the Myanmar people’s right to choose their leaders, and remove limits on freedom of expression, assembly and association.

  • Urge all companies they hold relationships with that operate or invest in Myanmar to end their commercial ties with the Myanmar military and use their leverage to secure the release of detainees, restore democratic institutions, and guarantee the human and labour rights of all Myanmar workers. This must include international companies providing support to workers where operations are curtailed, including protection to workers protesting the coup.

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, said that trade unions are appalled at the seizing of power by the military in Myanmar and will do all within our power to stop the coup succeeding.

“For the people of Myanmar, this is an extremely ominous time as the military attempt to rewrite the rules on the ground. We stand in solidarity with the people of Myanmar and pay tribute to those brave workers taking action defend their fragile democracy and reject the military takeover. The global trade union movement will fight to ensure the release of all those detained and bring an end to the violence and harassment of the people. The perpetrators of the coup must be isolated," said Burrow.

Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, said now is the time for the global trade union movement to stand shoulder to shoulder with the workers in Myanmar who continue to protest across the country in defiance against the coup and attempts to stifle dissent by internet blackouts.

“In the wake of the military coup we must unite and ramp up pressure on the UN Security Council, governments and corporations around the world to sanction, target and isolate the military regime until we secure the unconditional release of all detainees, the lifting of state of emergency and the return to civilian rule,” said Cotton.

The Global Unions signing this joint statement are: