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Mr. U Maung Maung is the president of the Confederation of Trade Union of Myanmar (CTUM).
Mr. Maung Maung was the founding member of the Myanmar Gems Mining Union and then in a coalition was elected as the President of the All Burma Mining Union in 1988. He was on the streets with the union which was a part of the civil service demonstrations that brought the regime to a standstill. For his involvement in the anti-regime demonstrations, on 14 November 1988, he was fired from his job with the government. The military intelligence came to arrest him and he left the country, leaving his wife and 3‐year‐old son behind.
In 1991, he co‐founded the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma (FTUB) from exile in Thailand. Under Maung Maung’s determined leadership, the FTUB has sought a number of international remedies to the problems of workers in Burma. The FTUB brought the deteriorating working conditions in Burma to the attention of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
Mr. Maung Maung spent 24 years in Thailand nurturing the union movement as general secretary of the FTUB. He returned to Myanmar in September 2012 after the government removed more than 2,000 people from a list of more than 6,000 pro-democracy supporters banned from entering the country. After 3 years, the government officially recognized the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM), and registered the federation as representing “all Myanmar.”