Work­ers call off strike in Myan­mar

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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.

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