FTUB’s (Federation of Trade Unions Burma) meeting to form new unions in six districts was unsuccessful. According to an attendee, the meeting failed because the representatives that were chosen to form new unions didn’t show up, even the FTUB Secretary, U Maung Maung, didn’t come when he learned no one was there.
Nineteen members did attend the meeting, which was held at the FTUB office in Hlinethaya Township in Yangon. Among those were, the Vice Chairman of FTUB U Than Lwin, the former Chairman of AFFM U Than Swe, and Master of Ceremonies U Tin Tun Aung.
FTUB has been working in exile for twenty years and receives funds from international donors such as the International Labor Organization (ILO), however, they have failed to set up any unions inside Myanmar. Many people won’t accept FTUB as a legitimate organization because it is not an official union.
According to some ex-FTUB members, the organization does not follow a true democratic system and their strict hierarchy has led to unbalanced internal decision making. They say that the leaders of FTUB use the funds they receive from international donors for their own personal use. This controversy has led to all members resigning, only the General Secretary and Vice Chairman are left. Recently, U Maung Maung made a visit to Yangon without consulting any members.
“U Maung Maung never told us he went to Yangon. And he’s never explained the financial situation to us, he’s even doing business with money that belongs to the organization,” one member said.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will open their office in Yangon in 2013. FTUB, still led by U Maung Maung, is now trying to form unions to officially be a part of ITUC. Because FTUB has been unsuccessful in forming more unions he attempted to get unions that were affiliated with AFFM to leave and join FTUB.
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