Yangon chief minister helps end dispute
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein negotiated the rehiring of 30 workers by the Fu Yuen garment factory in Yangon on Sunday, ending a bitter twomonth labour dispute that was marked by violence.
THE management of the Chineseowned Fu Yuen garment factory in Yangon on Tuesday agreed to rehire 30 workers after mediation of its labour dispute by Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein.
The factory’s workers had been on strike for several months.
The factory owner and striking workers will sign an agreement on the rehiring of the 30 workers on Wednesday.
On Monday, over 100 striking workers, along with supporters and human rights activists, marched at Maha Bandula Park to call on the regional government to help settle the labour dispute.
Fu Yuen’s management sacked the 30 workers, who are union members, without notice on August 20, accusing them of disrupting production and violating company rules.
Their dismissal prompted about 300 workers at the factory to go on strike the next day.
The Fu Yuen garment factory opened in Yangon’s Dagon Seikkan Industrial Zone in 2014 and employs over 1400 workers, according to the factory.
PHOTO: AUNG HTAY HLAING
Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein talks to striking workers from Fu Yuen garment factory on Tuesday.