Golf course workers protest for employment contracts

Teed off about management’s bunker mentality and under-par conditions, part-time golf course workers in Mandalay have launched a drive for labour rights. Yesterday about 200 staff at Shwe Man Taung golf course in Mandalay Region’s Aung Myay Tharzan township demonstrated in support of their demands.

The caddies, tired of being left holding the bag, want proper employment contracts, set working hours, employment rules and regulations, and career advancement opportunities as salaried staff.

“We have to protest as we’ve lost too many labour rights,” said protest leader U Kyaw Nan Oo. “But the employers say they cannot accede to our request. We also complained to our township labour organisation, but they rejected our complaint because we’re not paid directly by management. We’re not getting the K3600 minimum daily wage. Some days we don’t get paid at all. We don’t know who to turn to,” he said.

Shwe Man Taung golf course is owned by Mandalay City Development Committee and was leased to a private business group in 2000 under a 30-year grant. There are about 80 salaried staff and about 250 staff employed on a piece-work system, protesters said.

Ko Kaung Tin Win, who works at the course, said, “We’ve been denied our labour rights. We’re not allowed to take leave when we want it. We’re being exploited, and it affects our wages and our health.”

 

Source: Myanmar Times

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