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Migrant Workers Face Difficulties to Process New Thai Employment Documents, as Agents Cash In

Migrant workers and employers find the resulting process of the official joint agreement of the Thai and Burma governments to issue them with new legal papers time consuming, difficult and complicated. The two governments reached an agreement to issue the new paperwork known as, the Certificate of Identity (CI) in October last year, but there has been delays in implementing…

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Australian Media Under Threat From Greedy Bosses

Journalists working at Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, The Age in Melbourne and the Australian Financial Review took strike action on Wednesday 10 May to protest management’s decision to cut 125 full time jobs at the newspapers. Staff took strike action after management cut the workers out of negotiations that will see newsroom staff cut by 25%, a reduction that furious…

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Labor attaché refutes reports of Myanmar workers arrested at Myawaddy border

A Burma embassy official denied what he said were “rumors” about migrant workers being arrested or left stranded at the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border. Prior to Thingyan, Thailand announced a New Year’s gift for its large community of migrant workers, declaring that passport-holding laborers could return home for the holidays without having to pay for a visa and without fear of…

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Myawaddy Residents Protest Electricity Price Hikes

Angered over recent electricity price increases and frequent blackouts, over 200 people staged a protest on May 1 in Myawaddy township, Kayin State. Protesters complained that the recent change in power distributors was not handled transparently, and said the new arrangement is not beneficial to the public. “In the past, we only had to pay 4.30 baht [per kWh] for…

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Workers Of The World Unite!

Today workers around the world take to the streets to commemorate May Day and to show their solidarity for their hard fought rights and to continue to protest for a better world. For workers in Burma it’s an especially hard life. Low wages, often a dangerous working environment and failure of employers to recognize international workers’ rights such as holidays…

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Villagers Demand Return of Confiscated Land at Ceasefire Monitoring Team Meeting

Villagers demanded the return of their land, confiscated by the Burma Army, with members of the Karen State Ceasefire Joint Monitoring Committee – State level (JMC-S) who held its first meeting with local villagers on April 26 at Kya-in Gyi village, in Kyain Seikgyi Township. Sources from civil society organizations and local villagers, said the Burma Army had confiscated villagers’…

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Solar Power System Set to Light-up Lay Kay Kaw’s New Town Project

Authorities are holding discussions on using a solar power system in the Lay Kay Kaw newtown in Myawaddy Township, Karen State until electricity is available for the settlement development project. Lay Kay Kaw newtown is situated nine -miles south of Myawaddy town and was built to accommodate conflict affected communities, including displaced villagers, refugees and families members of the Karen…

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Have Your Say: Padoh Naw Zipporah Urges for Genuine Peace and Ethnic Unity

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein, despite losing her position as vice-chairperson in the Karen National Union’s 16th Congress recent election, urged the new leaders to work for a genuine peace and to be united with the country’s ethnic nationalities. The KNU 16th congress have elected new a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, joint secretary 1 and…

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KNU Elections – Senior Women Leader, Zipporah Sein Loses Key Position as Mutu Sae Po Re-elected Chairperson

The Karen National Union elections for its four-year term leadership ended on April 8, 2017 after the top five positions were voted in. Chairperson, General Mutu Sae Po was re-elected to serve in the position for another four years, while Naw Zipporah Sein lost her position as vice-chair in an early round of the election vote. Ms Sein, the KNU’s…

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KNU Approves Next Four-Year Agenda

The Karen National Union (KNU) has approved a roadmap roughly outlining its future activities over the next four years. The ethnic armed organization is currently convening its 16th congress, where election of its new leadership body is underway. Padoh Saw Thaw Thi Bwe, chair of the KNU Congress Committee, said the 20-point agenda for 2017-2021 was approved on April 4…

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