ITF General Secretary hails momentous and historic day for the labour movement in Myanmar

ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton has warmly congratulated the delegates, newly elected Executive Committee, and officers of the Independent Federation of Myanmar Seafarers (IFOMS) at their inaugural congress.

Cotton told the delegates that “as Myanmar undergoes a transition towards a more democratic form of government, independent labour unions will be crucial in building a new Myanmar”.
“IFOMS has demonstrated its capacity to represent its members but this federation will have an impact far beyond the confines of its growing membership base. Our new affiliate IFOMS is the best possible example to workers in Myanmar on how to build a strong, democratic and effective labour organisation.”
IFOMS’ General Secretary, Aung Kyaw Linn, told delegates: “The ITF has given our activists tremendous support and encouragement, and has backed our federation despite so much opposition. This really is a fantastic day for all Myanmar seafarers”.  

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