Myanmar labour movement’s economic and political challenges to the military junta

After shortly describing the political reasons at the basis of the military coup of February 1st 2021, and the international dynamics that facilitated it, the paper will analyze the crucial role of women, youth and labour organizations in the construction of the Civil Disobedience Movement, the role of the general strikes of the first months; the role of public service, university school professors, teachers, doctors, railway and energy workers and other staff; the widespread internal boycotting campaign of products from factories linked to the junta with the aim of paralyzing the economy and strangling the junta power; the role of trade, economic and political restrictive measures decided by some governments and the EU, and the obstacles behind similar decisions at the UN ole; The elaboration of the labour movement strategies toward the definition of a new federal democratic Constitution; The reasons behind the Labour Alliance and other 183 organizations request for Comprehensive Economic Sanctions. That should include the financial, insurance and reinsurance sectors, the garment supply chain, and the impossible negotiations to save jobs and decent working conditions. The role of the CDM to support the NUG request for their recognition, and for the SAC credential withdrawal, starting from the WHO, the ILO the FAO and finally at the

UN, and the consequent refusal of the SAC and of its proposal for new elections in 2023.