19 Myan­mar work­ers sacked in Thai­land

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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.

Photo: Sup­plied

Four of the 19 Myan­mar work­ers in Thai­land who were sacked for at­tend­ing the fu­neral of King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej.

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