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New List Released of Burma's Business Partners


An international labor union group has added 38 new companies to a list it compiles of businesses that trade with Burma.

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions released the list Wednesday. Sanyo and Polyphon were among those added to the list, joining long-standing trading partners of Burma such as Total Oil of France, and South Korea's Daewoo corporation. According to the ICFTU, 474 foreign companies are known to be doing business with Burma.

The labor union's action coincides with a meeting in Brussels of the International Labor Organization, which is expected to renew a call it first issued in 2000 to ask its members to review their relations with Burma.

After the ILO criticized Burma's treatment of its workers, Burma gave indications it might withdraw from the group.

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