August 19, 2016

Dozens of wood workers strike for fringe benefits

Workers march in protest of the wood factory in Sagaing.
Workers march in protest of the wood factory in Sagaing.

DOZENS of workers from a wood factory in Sagaing Region have gone on strike in protest of the company’s failure to meet their demands for fringe benefits.
Over 70 workers went on strike in front of the Myanmar Veneer & Plywood Co on 29 December last year for fringe benefits, including extra pay for productivity, skills and regular attendance.
Local parliamentarians and departmental officials stepped in to negotiate a settlement of the outstanding dispute between the workers and the employer on 29 April but did not meet success.
On 30 April, the protesters marched to Nay Pyi Taw. In Myittha Township on 3 May, local labour relations officials persuaded them to return to Sagaing to reach a peaceful settlement to the dispute at the tribunal.
Ko Khaing Min, who led the strike, said the factory dismissed 161 workers without explaining the reason and that their demands for a proper explanation were met with refusal.
“We left Sagaing on 29 April, and we will walk up to Nay Pyi Taw until justice is served,” he said, adding that direct involvement and negotiation from Union-level officials would adjudicate the dispute.
The workers on strike arrived in Wundwin Township yesterday.



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