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Myanmar workers in Japan join top labor group

Unions aim to give voice to fast-growing legion of foreign employees

A Myanmar trainee at an Osaka factory: The Burmese union has received complaints over unpaid wages and excessive overtime in recent years. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- A union representing employees who came from Myanmar has joined a major affiliate of Rengo, Japan's largest labor organization, underscoring efforts to improve conditions for foreign workers.

The roughly 130-member Federation of Workers' Union of the Burmese Citizen became part of the Japanese Association of Metal, Machinery and Manufacturing Workers.

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