VIVO work­ers, em­ployer reach labour agree­ment

The Myanmar Times - - News - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­

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.

Photo: Supplied

Vivo em­ploy­ees protested out­side one of the com­pany’s ser­vice cen­tres in Bago Re­gion last month.

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