Protest / Strike


The Central Arbitration Council altered a ruling from the Yangon Regional Arbitration Council on September 14, upholding a requirement that the Sakura garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar township’s No 3 industrial zone rehire all 316 striking workers but reversing the stipulation that the owner pay them for the month-and-a-half they spent protesting.

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Myat Thiri Nwe left her poor village in Ayeyarwady Region three years ago to find work in Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon and soon after arriving found a job in one of the many garment and shoe factories on the city’s outskirts.

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The industry minister is to step into a long-running dispute involving Panda Textile Factory, whose workers say management has broken an agreement on pay and labour conditions. The management has denied the accusation.

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A Japanese-owned garment factory is refusing to rehire workers striking over new daily production requirements, which they said were nearly impossible to meet.

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Factory owners are circulating a blacklist of about 85 workers associated with trade union activity and the organisation of industrial action, workers’ representatives say. Known activists are finding it increasingly difficult to find employment even as employers are ordered to rehire workers dismissed for union-related activity.

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The first crackdown on protesting workers under the National League for Democracy government occurred less than two months after it assumed power. On May 18, plywood factory workers and their supporters marching to Nay Pyi Taw from Sagaing Region were dispersed on the outskirts of the capital on May 18. About 70 protesters were detained and 15 remain in detention, including six workers.

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One of Myanmar’s largest officially recognised labour unions has vowed to boycott the Arbitration Council and to stage strikes if they encounter problems with employers. The announcement is yet another protest of the newly appointed representatives to the dispute resolution body.

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A Court in Tatkon Township of Naypyidaw Union Territory has sentenced detained labor demonstrators and student activists on Wednesday with a one-month imprisonment or a 5,000 kyats (US$4.20) fine for contempt of court.

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Health workers in two refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border stopped work over non-payment of compensation and claims that they are treated unfairly by a non-government organization running hospitals in the camp.

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Around 100 workers of the Lawun Htet Tha garment factory in Rangoon’s Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone have gone on strike in protest against late salary payments.

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Myanmar’s new government released scores of jailed activists on Friday, just over a week after assuming power, and said it was preparing to pardon 100 more people serving sentences for political offences.
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Workers from ‘Hteiktan’ garment factory in Hlaingthayar Industrial Park 4 will continue their strike, which started seven days ago, until their demands of getting their November wages in full are met a clerk from the factory, Moe Sandar Myint, told Mizzima.
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Around 100 workers from the Tai Yi shoe factory in Rangoon Division’s Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone traveled to Naypyidaw on Monday with the aim of resolving a labor dispute following a more than week-long protest at their factory.
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Detained student activists ended more than three weeks of hunger striking yesterday, following calls from influential political leaders and organisations. (more…)

Students on a hunger strike at Thayawady Prison in Pegu Division, currently on trial over the education protests at Letpadan, have been sent against their will to Rangoon General Hospital, their families said. (more…)

A hunger strike by a group of students and supporters in protest of the continued incarceration of political prisoners in Burma is beginning to take its toll on the participants’ health, with one student admitted to Rangoon General Hospital on Wednesday. (more…)

Human Rights organisations have expressed growing alarm over the Burma Government continuing to use draconian legislation to imprison political opponents.
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Leaders of a mass strike at the Han Jen garment factory have continued talks with factory bosses, continuing to lobby for the demands of picketing workers who have been staging a sit-in and symbolic hunger strikes outside the factory gates since Monday.
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Strike action temporarily stopped the ferry from Teknaf in Bangladesh to Maungdaw in Rakhine State, Burma after the captain was severely beaten by Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) on 1 October.
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More than 1,000 workers at the Han Jen garment factory in Rangoon’s Shwepyithar Industrial Zone-1 are mounting a hunger strike in demand of basic workers’ rights. (more…)

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