Myanmar
Myanmar, rice farmers, worker rights, Solidarity Center

In Myanmar, the Solidarity Center works with union partners in agricultural, garment and other industrial sectors. Credit: Solidarity Center/Tula Connell

The Solidarity Center, which provided assistance to Burmese union leaders who were exiled under the military dictatorship until 2011, works with the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) and other partners in Burma’s growing trade union movement in agricultural, garment, woodworking and other industrial sectors.

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