Migrant workers from Burma - specialist organisations and resources
|Title:|| ||Yaung Chi Oo Workers' Association
|Date of publication:|| ||14 March 2009|
|Description/subject:|| ||YCOWA was founded in July 1999 by Burmese student activists and migrant workers, with the goal of improving working and living conditions for the Burmese migrant laborers in the Mae Sot area of Thailand. Since then, it has mainly focused on in the field of protecting worker rights, providing rights education, supporting for health care and facilitating social activities.
YCOWA concentrates on activities that encourage workers to collaborate with each other to improve their living situations and working conditions. Currently YCOWA has 700 members from 10 different factories, who actively participate in meetings, trainings, and other activities. YCOWA has also got involved in the facilitation of the network of the Burmese workers’ groups in Mae Sot, Bangkok and the southern provinces of Thailand.
In addition, YCOWA works with the Lawyer Council of Thailand, MAP Foundation, and other Thai and International NGOs to advocate for increased protection and rights for migrants from Burma. YCOWA is an active member of the Action Network for Migrants (ANM), a coalition of 15 NGOs that focus on labor, health, and women’s rights. Thai NGO Network members include MAP Foundation, Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB), Rak Thai CARE, Friends for Women Foundation, and EMPOWER. The Lawyer Council of Thailand and sub committee on Stateless, migrants and nationality of the National Human Rights Commission are affiliates. YCOWA is also a member of the Asian Transnational Corporation (ATNC) Monitoring Network, which comprises 13 members in eight Asian countries.
Aims and Objectives of YCOWA are as follows:
· To strengthen social relationship and solidarity among Burmese migrant workers
· To encourage Burmese migrant workers for the practice of self-organized and collective actions for protection of their rights
· To provide Burmese migrant workers in Thailand with legal advice and counseling, rights education and vocational trainings, health care and social services
· To inform the international community the updated situation of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand
· To facilitate non-violence participation of migrant workers in the movement for democratic change in Burma...publishes a magazine in Burmese (download from site)|
|Language:|| ||Burmese, English|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Yaung Chin Oo Workers' Association|
|Format/size:|| ||html, pdf|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||14 March 2009|
|Title:|| ||Burma Labour Solidarity Organization (BLSO)
Training and Education / Workers / BLSO School / News Bulletins / archive]|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Burma Labour Solidarity Organization (BLSO)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||30 December 2008|
|Title:|| ||MAP Foundation
|Description/subject:|| ||" In 1996 thousands of migrants were working in Chiang Mai building the hotels, housing estates, and hospitals which now cover the city. At the time there were almost no services available to migrants and when they needed to go to hospital they faced difficulties with language and costs. Migrant Assistance Programme (MAP) started to develop a group of migrants who could interpret in hospitals and provide some health education prevention and promotion on migrant work-sites, mainly construction sites. As MAP became part of the migrant community, the range of issues facing migrant workers became apparent and the activities of MAP expanded to respond to these issues.
In 2002 MAP became a registered Thai foundation, taking the Thai name: "Foundation for the Health and Knowledge of Ethnic Labour" but keeping the already English name MAP which had already become familiar with migrant communities..."|
|Language:|| ||Burmese, English, Karen, Shan, Thai.|
|Source/publisher:|| ||MAP Foundation|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||30 January 2007|
|Title:|| ||MIGRANT WORKER RIGHTS NETWORK ( MWRN )
|Description/subject:|| ||"M.W.R.N was established in March 2009 to promote Rights of Myanmar Migrant Workers in Thailand. M.W.R.N is located in Samut Sakhon Province, Thailand, where over hundreds of thousands of Myanmar Migrant Workers working in the majority of seafood industries."|
|Language:|| ||Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ , English|
|Source/publisher:|| ||MIGRANT WORKER RIGHTS NETWORK ( MWRN )|
|Alternate URLs:|| ||http://en.mwrn.org/about-mwrn.html|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||20 February 2014|