VIVO workers, employer reach labour agreement
FIFTY members of the sales staff at a VIVO smartphone service centre in Bago Region will now have set work hours, a minimum daily wage and paid public holidays, after management and the employees reached an agreement on July 28, a protest leader and a township labour official told The Myanmar Times yesterday.
“The employer accepted all the demands of his employees,” said deputy director of the Pyay township Labour Administration Daw Su Su Hlaing. “So, their dispute has been resolved. Now we are planning to have them both sign contracts.”
On July 25, the manager asked the sales staff to sign a contract that workers said would have subjected them to unfair penalties. They were given almost no time to think about the offer, the workers said, and when they asked for more time they were driven out of the service centre.
In response, 26 members of the sales team protested in front of the store until mediation meetings were arranged.
Ko Myo Swe Oo, who has worked at the store for more than a year, told The Myanmar Times yesterday that all the workers were satisfied because they will now receive the rights they were entitled to under the labour laws.
“Now, we don’t have to work for 12 hours without additional pay,” he said. “We have to work for eight hours per day. We also get public holidays, which we will take in turns because there is not enough staff for everyone to take time off.”
There will be changes made to their appraisal system, which held employees to very high sales standards that mandated that they be fired if they did not hit their targeted sales numbers, workers said.
Ko Myo Swe Oo said his salary, which was K150,000, will drop to K108,000, but he will receive a sales bonus for every phone sold and fines have been removed from the contract.
The Myanmar Times called the VIVO sales centre in Pyay township yesterday, but there was no spokesperson available to comment.
Vivo employees protested outside one of the company’s service centres in Bago Region last month.