Po­lice de­tain lead­ers of protest­ing work­ers

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - KYAW KO KO news­room@mm­times.com

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

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