U Kyaw Ni (aka) U Kyaw Kyaw

Deputy Minister
Ministry of Labour


Name U Kyaw Ni (aka) U Kyaw Kyaw
Date of Birth 6/14/1978
Place of Birth War Khel Ma Township, Irrawaddy Division
Parents U Ohn Shwe and Daw Tin Aye
Education Law Degree (LL.B)

Political Milestones

2002Joined NLD.

During the closure of NLD offices due to DePaYin massacre, actively advocated and fought for:

  • The investigation of DePeYin massacre
  • The release of detained leaders
  • Reinstating of NLD offices
2004At the anniversary of DePeYin massacre, arrested along with 9 other NLD youth leaders for distribution of Human Rights Declaration documents and detained in Insein prison for 9 days.
2005Arrested and detained for 6 days for the incident/suspect of bomb explosions in 3 locations.
2007Sentenced for life for speaking at the American Center about Labor Law as part of May Day celebrations. Detained at Insein and Kalay prisons. Given amnesty from Kalay prison in 2012.
2012After the release from prison, founded “Action Labor Rights” group and served as the president.
2017Served as the official secretary for newly founded Socialist Democratic Union Force (SDUF).
2019/2020Resigned from SDUF in order to lead All Burma Federation of Trade Unions (ABFTU) which was also founded in 2017.

Also led and participated in many worker’s strikes including, but not limited to, the followings:

  • Hmawbi, Myaung Dakar Industrial Zone (Yangon Crown) Steel Factory Strike (2012)
  • Taw Win Timber Factory Workers’ Strike (2012)
  • Houn Shan Cold Factory Workers’ Strike (2013)
  • Fu Yun Garment Factory Strike (2018)

Recent Activities

  • After the February 1st Coup, led the first Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and demonstration against the SAC.
  • Led ABFTU Strike as well as collaborated with other strikes.
  • Took leadership role in forming General Strike Committee (GSC).
  • Was present at Kyaut Myaung Junction strike when GSC was cracked down on 3/3/21. Appeared on the warrant list for arrest since then.
  • Until recent appointment in NUG, actively involved in various underground activities and strikes around Yangon.