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