|Issue No 94||04 May 2001|
Boycott Trade, Travel with Burma
The ACTU has called on Australians to boycott travel and ban all trade with Burma as part of an international union protest against human rights abuses in the country.
"More than a million people in Burma are now subjected to forced labour on construction projects including tourism infrastructure," ACTU President Sharan Burrow says.
"It's time travel companies and travelers took a stand against the outrageous oppression of the Burmese people at the hands of the military dictatorship in Rangoon."
Ms Burrow was speaking during the International Day of Union Action on Burma, when she met with the President of the Federation of Trade Unions Burma (FTUB), U Lla Oo.
The ACTU has written to more than 50 companies operating in Australia to seek assurances that they have severed any commercial links with the Burmese junta. Only eight have declared they have no such ties.
Four of the companies have so far admitted to their commercial involvement in Burma, but many more are expected to be reconsidering their ties with the regime.
"We congratulate those far-sighted companies that have ceased trading with Burma. Their example should be followed by all other companies, particularly travel operators, that are continuing to give comfort to this dictatorship," Burrow says.
"The Federal Government needs to take a much stronger stance to ensure an end to forced labour and human rights atrocities in Burma."
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