Gar­ment factory re­hires work­ers, end­ing strike

The Myanmar Times - - News - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­[email protected]­times.com

THE Chi­nese-owned Cix­ing Knit­ting Factory in Hlaing Thar­yar Town­ship agreed yes­ter­day to re­hire seven sacked work­ers who are also union lead­ers, end­ing an al­most two-week­long strike.

“Factory of­fi­cials agreed to re­hire us ac­cord­ing to our for­mer agree­ment. We will be re­turn­ing to work to­day,” Ko Tun Tun, one of the sacked factory union lead­ers, told the Myan­mar Times.

About 100 strik­ing work­ers have been protest­ing at the en­trance to the factory since De­cem­ber 24, the day the man­age­ment sacked the seven union lead­ers al­legedly with­out giv­ing them prior no­tice.

On Jan­uary 2, factory of­fi­cials agreed to the 17 de­mands put for­ward by the protesters, in­clud­ing re­hir­ing the seven worker lead­ers fol­low­ing me­di­a­tion by the town­ship’s Labour Ar­bi­tra­tion Com­mit­tee.

How­ever, the factory dis­missed the seven lead­ers again for the sec­ond time on Mon­day, claim­ing that work­ers who did not join the strike were un­happy with the de­ci­sion to re­hire the seven union lead­ers, ac­cord­ing to Ko Myo Thant Zin.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day about 350 work­ers from 15 other fac­to­ries in Hlaing Thar­yar joined the strike and urged the man­age­ment to set­tle the dis­pute and re­hire the seven work­ers.

“Labour laws are too weak in Myan­mar. Union lead­ers have been fired again and again with­out any reper­cus­sions, that is why we sup­port this strike as we sym­pha­tise with their griev­ance,” said Ko Wai Yan Shine, town­ship sec­re­tary for the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions Myan­mar (CTUM).

Later in the day, strik­ing work­ers and factory man­age­ment of­fi­cials at­tended a con­cil­i­a­tion meet­ing con­ducted by the town­ship’s ar­bi­tra­tion com­mit­tee. In the meet­ing factory of­fi­cials pledged to re­hire the sacked work­ers.

Cix­ing Knit­ting factory opened in the Shwe Lin Ban In­dus­trial Zone in Hlaing Thar­yar Town­ship in Yangon in 2017 and is be­lieved to em­ploy 300 work­ers.

Photo: Zaw Zaw Htwe

Work­ers from other fac­to­ries join strik­ing Cix­ing Knit­ting Factory work­ers on Tues­day.

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