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ICFTU OnLine: Burmese junta faces u
- Subject: ICFTU OnLine: Burmese junta faces u
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- Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 08:09:00
ICFTU OnLine: Burmese junta faces ultimatum
> INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF FREE TRADE UNIONS (ICFTU)
> ICFTU OnLine...
> Forced labour: Burmese junta faces ultimatum
> ICFTU welcome's ILO determination
> Brussels, June 15 2000 (ICFTU OnLine): The International Confederation of
> Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) welcomes the firmness shown by the International
> Labour Organisation (ILO) in demanding that the Burmese junta comply with
> its recommendation to put an end to forced labour, failing which the
> country > will be ostracised by the international community.
> In a resolution strongly supported by the workers' delegates, and adopted
> yesterday by the International Labour Conference currently meeting in
> Geneva, the ILO has given Rangoon until November 30 to take concrete
> measures and bring its legislation and practices into line with the
> Conventions banning forced labour. The resolution was adopted by 257
> votes to 41 with 31 abstentions. The International Labour Conference is the
> annual assembly of the ILO, the only tripartite agency in the UN system.
> The governments, trade unions and employers of its 175 member states are
> represented on an equal footing.
> According to the ICFTU which initiated the ILO's action, over 800,000
> Burmese are subject to forced labour daily while any attempt to carry out
> trade union activity in the country is savagely repressed, forcing the
> activists of the Burmese trade union federation (FTUB) to operate
> Among the range of measures foreseen by the ILO is a recommendation to
> governments and employers' and workers' organisations to review their
> relations with Burma to ensure that they cannot in any way be used to
> perpetuate the system of forced labour. The same appeal is addressed to
> international bodies, urging them to cease any activity which may have the
> effect of tolerating or encouraging forced labour. The ILO is also asking
> that the situation in Burma be placed on the agenda of the forthcoming
> session of the United Nations Economic and Social Committee in 2001. It
> is the first time in the history of the ILO that it has invoked article
> its constitution providing for such measures.
> "We would of course feel much happier if forced labour were eradicated in
> Burma. But the determination of the ILO, and therefore of the
> international community, in this affair, which affects thousands of
> encouraging. It enables us to continue the fight and above all will
those waging this battle, at the risk of their lives, within the country,"
> stated Bill Jordan, ICFTU General Secretary, in Brussels yesterday.
> The ICFTU represents 124 million workers in 216 national trade union
> centres from 145 countries around the world.
> Contact: ICFTU-Press at: ++32-2 224.02.12 (Brussels). For more
> information, > visit our website at: (http://www.icftu.org).