Workers call off strike in Myanmar
Around 200 workers of a garment manufacturing factory in Myanmar, who were on strike since February 1, 2018, have now returned to work after the management positively responded to some of their demands. The workers are associated with the garment factory which is located in Industrial Zone 1, Hlaing Tharyar Township in the Yangon region. The Chinese-owned factory has been operational in the country for last 10 months, as reported. According to media reports, the garment company – reportedly called One of Front – agreed to go ahead with four out of their five demands.
The workers were demanding to have a local supervisor instead of a foreigner, requested for good behaviour at the workplace, repayment of reduced wages and removal of CCTV cameras from/ around the ladies toilets, reports The Myanmar Times. Earlier, the company’s management responded negatively to the workers’ demands to rehire their sacked leader Ko Thant Zin Htwe. The factory is now waiting for the Arbitration Council’s decision on the matter. Workers, who have returned to work, have decided to wear red armbands while at work as a sign of peaceful protest against the management’s refusal to reappoint their leader. Notably, Myanmar’s National Tripartite Committee on the Minimum Wage increased basic pay wage to garment workers of the country by 33% earlier this year. The new minimum wage will be 4,800 kyats/day, effective from March 2018.