Workers’ Rights, not for Sale! Rescind FSC certification in Military Junta-ruled Myanmar

In partnership with BWI (Building and Wood Workers' International), a global union federation that brings together 361 free and democratic unions, representing a total of 12 million members in the Building, Building Materials, Wood, Forestry, and Allied sectors across 115 countries. BWI's core mission is to safeguard and promote workers' rights while enhancing working and living conditions, asserting that trade union rights are inherently human rights, rooted in principles of equality, solidarity, and democracy.

The Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and LabourStart urgently call on you to join us in demanding that the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) reverses its impertinently flawed decision to maintain chain-of-custody certificates and uphold FSC certification systems in Myanmar under military junta rule.

Despite the military regime's arrest of over 26,000 dissidents and the tragic killing of approximately 400 trade unionists, including seven from the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM), the FSC International Board and its Secretariat shockingly chose to persist with certification. These heinous acts against the independent and democratic trade union movement in Myanmar have been extensively documented and confirmed by the ILO Commission on Inquiry report. The FSC's decision to continue certification in light of these atrocities is not only absurd but also irresponsible.

Stand in unwavering solidarity with the workers and trade unions in Myanmar by joining our call for the FSC to immediately rescind its certification system in the face of the military junta's oppressive rule. Workers' rights are not for sale, and it is crucial to unite in this urgent appeal for justice and fair treatment.

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