Police detain leaders of protesting workers
POLICE yesterday detained three leaders of protesting workers from the Panda Textile Factory in Sintgaing Township in Mandalay Region, one of the protesting workers said
About 100 workers were marching toward the Mandalay Regional Government Office to stage a sit-in protest but were blocked near the entrance of Paleik Township police station.
Ma Zarchi Win, one of the protesting workers, three of their leaders who were supposed to negotiate with the police have been detained and have not been released yet.
The workers were protesting what they claim was the firing of factory workers without proper cause.
“The workers were supposed to march to the office of the chief minister to demand resolution to the problem. Nobody said anything whether the workers leaders are being investigated or cases have been opened against them, as well as the reasons why they were arrested. So, we are protesting in front of the police station,” Mar Zarchi Win said.
The detained workers leaders were identified as U Htay Aung, Daw Aye Aye Khine and U Win Tun Nyunt.
Ma Zarchi Win said the protest will continue until their demands are resolved.
“We want the workers to be released. But even if they are released and we don’t get a clear answer for firing them, we will not move from here,” she said.
Panda Textile Factory set a July 31 deadline for workers to sign employment contract, but about 200 workers refused to sign the contract as they noted some provisions that are disadvantageous. Those who did not sign the employment contract were fired in August.
Panda factory workers hold sit-in protest in Mandalay. Photo Kyaw Ko Ko