Below you will find a list of reports related to the Blood Money campaign – it will be updated regularly!
The Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) released the following statement:
Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) is a collective of incarcerated Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) members who organise around prison and class struggle issues from inside prison. This call also aims to be a solidarity call to all activists and trade unionists imprisoned in Myanmar for fighting back the military regime.source: onebigunion.ie
Members of the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) have issued a message of international solidarity with workers in Myanmar and the Blood Money Campaign.
The statement was released earlier today by prisoners following increased solidarity action protests across Ireland, England and Scotland.
“We send love and solidarity to the people of Myanmar, including the thousands imprisoned and those whose loved ones have been killed by the dictatorship. “Your brave resistance against ruthless repression and unimaginable atrocities is an inspiration to all those who aspire for a better world and whilst our own imprisonment limits the range of actions open to us, we are committed to standing with you in whatever way we can.
“We intend to educate those within our reach about the ‘Blood Money Campaign’ making our families, friends and fellow prisoners aware of the actions that workers in Myanmar are undertaking. We aim to highlight the role of multinational corporations plat in proving direct and indirect support to the military dictatorship.
“We will echo your calls for all those companies doing business with the regime to divest immediately and end their association with the suppression of freedom and justice.
“We hope we can aid you in your struggle and in our own small way pierce the veil of normalisation the dictatorship wishes to present to the world.”
The Blood Money Campaign reached Dublin. Comrades of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) together with other supporters rallied in front of the Penneys (Primark) store at Mary Street.
Blood Money Campaign in Dublin received great reception outside Penneys-Primark Store on Mary Street. Members of the Industrial Workers of the World where joined by members of the Burmese community to help highlight the international Blood Money Campaign and the continuing actions against multinationals such as Primark Limited who, despite having online ethical standards and policies, continues to support the Military regime in Myanmar with Blood Money Investments. Members of the Industrial Workers of the World Ireland have extended its hand of solidarity through the various unions and grassroots social justice movements in Myanmar. Unions such as the Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM), All Burma Federation of Trade Unions (ABFTU) and Food not Bombs Myanmar – with the support of the Asia Working Group of the International Confederation of Labour (ICL) who have confirmed a host of international companies that continues to assist the regime and/or military owed businesses.source: facebook.com
The recently established ‘Bloody Money Campaign’ has been endorsed and supported by IWW to help raise awareness of how multinational companies are still profiting from doing business with the military regime in Myanmar.
To help defend workers rights, members of IWW will continue to hold information pickets outside businesses locally who are currently assisting investment and the funding of the Myanmar military regime. A spokesperson for the IWW told of this afternoons solidarity action outside of Primark and Penneys stores said “Today we had a very visible action to help raise awareness of how workers in Myanmar are being treated by the military regime there. We are here to help shine some light on those businesses here in Ireland who happily contribute to that same brutal Military Council in Myanmar. “It has been confirmed that Primark Limited and Penneys in Ireland are still engaged in doing business with the Myanmar regimes who have a track record in war crimes, human rights violation, genocide and crime against humanity in Myanmar. “As part of this unfolding international campaign through the International Confederation of Labour (ICL), IWW will play its part to help highlight the abuse of workers in Ireland and in Myanmar. ”
For updates, more information and you can help out at actions locally, please check out our social media pages and our main website.
Friends of the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Flensburg rallied in front of the Deutsche Post city headquarter:
The general syndicate of the FAU Flensburg declares its solidatity with all working people and all comrades of the Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) and the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM). We demand that Deutsche Post/DHL, in front of the main Flensburg branch of which we showed our solidarity today, the 24th of September 2021, and all companies, that are still doing business with the Junta, to stop those activities and halt all investments in Myanmar!submitted by email on September 24th, 2021
Workers organized with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Bristol gathered in front of a Primark store and handed out leaflets. Also this activity was part of the Global Week of Action.
Labour activists of the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Berlin rallied at the DRIVE Volkswagen Group Forum at Unter den Linden.
Today FAU Berlin showed solidarity in front of the VW store in the city center. We handed out flyers in English/German and played the audio file.
Sinotruk vehicles have been used to stage attacks against civilians involving live ammunition which amounts to crimes against humanity. Sinotruk vehicles have also been used to transport those arbitrarily detained. […]complete text: globalmayday.net
German truck manufacturer MAN is a major strategic shareholder in Sinotruk Hong Kong. Through their partnership with Sinotruk, MAN is directly linked to the Myanmar military’s grave human rights violations and must act now to end its complicity.
MAN is part of the Volkswagen Group.
Comrades of National Confederation of Labour (CNT) joined the Global Week of Action by rallying in front of their offices and reading out the following statement:
From CNT Iruñea, we want to support the solidarity call of the Myanmar trade union movement.
In Myanmar, the state, in the form of a military dictatorship, has suppressed political freedoms, and started the persecution of the trade union movement, preventing the working class to defend their interests. Companies use this situation to save costs, making working conditions even more precarious, and not complying with collective agreements and legislation on occupational safety.
In this way we point out that brands such as: Adidas, H&M, Primark, DHL or Volkswagen, are direct accomplices of the military government, benefiting from the limitation of the political freedoms of the working class and financing the government with their investments. Faced with capitalism organized on a global scale, from the anarcho-syndicalist movement, we consider it essential to recover the values of proletarian internationalism. That is why we make this call to the working class to boycott complicit brands.
The first Global Week of Action related to the Blood Money campaign kicks off!
Around ten labour activists rallied in front of an Adidas store in the city center of Hamburg for several hours. Most of them are organized with the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) and Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
More than 300 leaflets were distributed and an audio message from comrades in Myanmar played several times.
The store manager was not amused and tried to intimidate the crowd. He took pictures, was much on the phone and most likely talking to the management in the Adidas headquarter.
Derry (Northern Ireland)
In Derry comrades of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) rallied in front of a Primark outlet.
Comrades of the grassroot labour union Workers’ Initiative (IP) in Warsaw rallied at different points in the city to publicly link companies with the Blood Money campaign.
Participants of the anti-fascist trekking week, organized by the Schwarz-Rote Bergsteiger*innen (Black-Red Mountaineers), which is a sub-section of the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Dresden, expressed their support for the Blood Money Campaign in the mountains of Saxon Switzerland.
Activists of the grassroot labour union Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Berlin expressed their support for the Blood Money campaign. More activities might follow.
The IWW Ireland actively supports the Blood Money campaign. In some cities branches of the grassroot union Industrial Workers of the World arranged actions to mark the kick-off date in support of the comrades in Myanmar.
Derry (Northern Ireland)
Solidarity with BLOOD MONEY CAMPAIGNsource: facebook.com
Solidarity action in Derry with workers in Myanmar today took place outside one of the many multinational companies still involved and investing in the ruthless regime murdering and imprisoning the trade union movement throughout Myanmar.
Over the next number of months members of IWW Ireland will be holding information stalls/pickets at Penneys and Primark stores across the country to call on these companies to STOP BLOOD MONEY INVESTMENT in Myanmar.
Check with your local organisers of when stalls will take place where you live.
Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Blood Money Campaign (ground movement) was held in conjunction with SAVE Myanmar March, commemorating 33 years of the 8888 uprising and Struggle for democracy at parliament square.