Police acting on the orders of local authorities have destroyed the solidarity camp continuously maintained on public space since October 12 by union members at the Hotel Tharabar Gate together with family members and supporters.
The peaceful encampment was established in the course of vigorous public protest actions organized by hotel unions in the Bagan area following the anti-union dismissals by management of the Hotel Tharabar Gate targeting the hotel union chairman, 2 members of the union executive and 7 active union members.
Conciliation meetings involving local and national government representatives have so far failed to achieve reinstatement of the victimized trade unionists. At these meetings, the government authorities have proven ineffectual in the face of management’s ongoing refusal to respect the law. The IUF has therefore submitted a complaint against the government of Myanmar to the ILO’s Committee on Freedom of Association.
The attack on freedom of association has continued. Acting on the order of local authorities, around 100 people, only a few of them in police uniform, destroyed the camp early in the morning of November 11. When the workers attempted to regroup, they were forcibly dispersed.
The struggle for union rights and recognition at Hotel Tharabar Gate continues with the full support of the IUF.