19 Myanmar workers sacked in Thailand
Nineteen Myanmar workers who were employed by a factory in Bangkok were dismissed after they attended the late Thai king’s funeral and are seeking compensation.
NINETEEN Myanmar workers from the Thai-chinese owned SP factory in Bangkok were sacked for missing work when they went to the funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
“Workers were driven out on October 27 as they were absent for work. They attended the funeral ceremony of the Thai king,” Thailand-based Aid Alliance Committee (AAC) member Ko Ye Min told The Myanmar Times Wednesday.
The sacked workers reported to the Thai labour protection department on October 30 to be compensated for being fired without reason, said ACC officials.
This dispute adds to the ongoing contention between the factory management and Myanmar workers for which they submitted a lawsuit to the Thai department in August.
This first litigation revolves around years of unpaid wages as Myanmar employees were paid 240 baht as daily wages and 25 baht for overtime, whereas Thai labour laws requires 310 baht as wages and 58 baht for overtime, according to AAC.
“We are doing okay here with the wages prescribed by Thai Royal King. So, we really love and went to his funeral to pay our respects,” factory worker Ma Thit Thit Win said.
The sacked workers had been asking the factory owner for permission to attend the funeral for over a month and they attended the celebration with their employer’s blessings, she added.
About 90 percent of all factories and shopping malls in Thailand were closed for the funeral of King Bhumibol on October 26, and all foreign workers were invited to attend the ceremony by the Thai government, according to AAC.
“We were fired because our employer is not satisfied with us about the unpaid wages case,” Ma Thit Thit Win said.
There are over 60 foreigners, including more than 20 Myanmar nationals, employed by the SP clothes hooks factory in Bangkok.
Worker said that only the 19 Myanmar staff who filed the lawsuit for unpaid wages were sacked.
Four of the 19 Myanmar workers in Thailand who were sacked for attending the funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.