August 20, 2016

Striking workers at World Jin Factory to arbitrate labour dispute

THE disagreement over whether to reinstate 34 striking workers formerly employed by World Jin garment factory will be arbitrated as negotiations between factory owners and workers broke down Monday, according to a labour official.
“The workers want to return the factory. But their boss is not willing to reinstate them and wants to pay them compensation instead. The deadlock between them could not be broken during Monday’s negotiations,” said U Kyaw Kyaw Tun of the Factories and General Labour Law Inspection Department.
It is not sure when the case would be handed over the arbitration council, he added.
Most of the 34 workers were leaders of the strike, which involved around 300 workers out of more than 500 employed at the factory.
Demands centred around asking the factory’s boss to sack a Korean in-charge of the garment factory and to allow the striking workers to return to the job.
The garment factory has issued an announcement urging the striking workers to return their jobs, with a 20 November deadline.
If workers fail to return to the job, they will be regarded as having quit on their own volition, the announcement states.
The two sides will sign employment contracts when workers return to the job, according to the agreement reached in early November.


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