GAR­MENT WORK­ERS END 72-DAY STRIKE AF­TER DEAL WITH YAN­GON FAC­TORY

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­times.com

THE 30 work­ers who were sacked and 300 oth­ers who sup­ported them by go­ing on strike will re­turn to work at Fu Yuen Gar­ment Fac­tory in Yan­gon on Novem­ber 6, af­ter a me­di­a­tion ef­fort led to an agree­ment that was signed on yes­ter­day.

The agree­ment be­tween the fac­tory’s man­age­ment and the strik­ers states that they have to re­turn to work and sign em­ploy­ment con­tracts with the com­pany on Novem­ber 6, and they will be paid from the time they re­sume work.

“We will be go­ing back to work peace­fully fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful me­di­a­tion,” Ma Thazin, a leader of the work­ers union, told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

“We never wanted to go on strike, but we had to take a stand on the abuse of work­ers’ rights,” striker Ma Ei Mon San said.

Ko Htet Khaing, a man­ager at the Chi­nese-owned fac­tory in Dagon Seikkan In­dus­trial Zone, said yes­ter­day the com­pany agreed to let the strik­ers re­turn to work.

The strike started on Au­gust 21 af­ter the com­pany sacked 30 union mem­bers with­out no­tice the day be­fore for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing com­pany rules and slow­ing pro­duc­tion. The strike lasted for 72 days.

The fac­tory opened in the in­dus­trial zone in 2014 and em­ploys 1400 work­ers.

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