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Protests at garment factories in Myanmar called off

Protests at all factories under the Federation of Garment Workers Myanmar (FGWM) and where disputes have erupted between employers and workers, have been closed, said Ma Moe Sandar Myint, acting head of the FGWM.

“Protests were staged at six factories which are under our federation but these have since dispersed. We made temporary closures to comply with and cooperate with the government’s instruction, said Ma Moe Sandar Myint.

“If their demands are not met even when normal conditions prevail, workers will resume their protests by reopening the camps,” said Ma Moe Sandar Myint.

Of these six factories, disputes have been settled at the K World and Charis Garment factories. The Amber Stone factory has not paid their workers for the month of March.

As Myan Mood is owned by a Korean, it will inform Korea Embassy to settle their demands. Protesting workers from Xiang Yi and Myanmar Uniview factories will keep making demands via their township negotiation office.

“Workers have difficulties also. Some workers are not able to pay for hostel fees as they haven’t got their wages,” she said.

Cash is running out. “We only can help them as much as we can by teaching them how to take care of themselves in this situation,” said Ko Nandar Sit Aung, who helps on workers’ affairs. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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