Yan­gon chief min­is­ter helps end dis­pute

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

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.

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