Vivo workers stage protest for overtime
Over two dozen staff members of the phone retailer in Bago went on strike on July 25, protesting for paid overtime and holidays.
TWENTY-SIX members of the sales staff at a Vivo smartphone service centre in Bago Region’s Pyay township sat outside the company’s office in protest yesterday, demanding overtime pay, paid holidays and mutually agreed contracts.
“The Chinese manager gave us a contract and asked us to sign it within a minute,” said Ko Myo Swe Oo, a Vivo salesperson. “We asked him for a moment to think about it but the manager asked us to quit because we did not sign.”
In response, the 26 salespeople decided to stage the sit-in – or rather sitout – protest that began the night of July 25 and continued yesterday.
Ko Myo Swe Oo, who has worked at the store for more than a year, said the disgruntled employees have been trying to arrange a meeting between workers, the employer and labour officials to nail down a contract.
“We haven’t signed any employment contracts yet,” he said. “They have been talking about contracts for a while but they have not written [a new] one until now. The contract the manager asked us to sign is one-sided and only for their own interests.”
Sales staffers work 12 hours every day without being paid overtime, he said. They do not get time off on holidays or weekends, he added, and if they miss one day of work they are docked three days’ wages.
The Township Labour Administration Department has promised to resolve the dispute, Vivo sales staffers said, and labour officials have arranged to mediate a meeting between the workers and the employer today.
The Myanmar Times called the department and the Vivo offices in Pyay township yesterday but neither were available for comment.
According to labour laws, employers and workers must sign a contract that is mutually agreed upon, and any changes to the terms or company rules and policies must be made in the presence of a labour official.
Employees stage a protest outside the office of a Vivo smartphone service centre in Pyay township, Bago Region, on July 25.