|Issue No 108||24 August 2001|
Bras Burned for Burma
A rally outside a Sydney retail outlet this week will launch the consumer phase of the campaign to force the Burmese military junta to comply with core global labour standards.
Supporters of Burmese workers will gather on Tuesday at 12.30pm outside Grace Brothers in the Pitt Street Mall to launch the "The Support Breasts Not Dictators" drive.
They will be asking consumers to boycott Triumph bras produced ion Burma - the nation found by the ILO to be in breach of core labour standards for their use of bonded labour.
The protest will centre around a giant bra and the ritual burning of Triumph products.
Triumph and retail outlets like Grace bros that stock its brands are defending their production on Burma on the grounds that they comply with the law and pay above minimum wages.
These defences have been rejected by the TCFUA as "propaganda", organizer Barbara Jensen pointing out that the Burmese law has been imposed by a Military dictatorship and that the on-going trade is in breach of the ILO recommendation.
The rally is being sponsored by the FairWear Alliance of trade union and church groups.
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