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NAYPYITAW - A coalition of 17 trade unions and NGOs have released a joint statement calling on western brands to condemn the military coup in Myanmar and to support the garment workers at the heart of pro-democracy protests.

"Workers, including many in the garment industry have gone on strike in reaction to the coup and are taking part in mass demonstrations on a daily basis. We stand in solidarity with the striking workers and the calls for a general strike," it says.

The signatories are ASLEF, Burma Campaign UK, Community, Fashion Roundtable, GMB Union, Homeworkers Worldwide, Labour Behind the Label, NASUWT, No Sweat, UCU, Unison, Unite the Union, USDAW, Traidcraft Exchange, TSSA, TUC, and War on Want.

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