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Companies to shutdown if workers, management disagree on COVID-19 measures in Yangon

Companies that could not reach an agreement with their workers on the terms of the working conditions, amid the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, will have to shut down, a senior regional official said on April 18.

Daw Moe Moe Su Kyi, regional minister for immigration and human resources, issued the statement in anticipation of the resumption of operations of companies in Yangon after a 10-day break for the Thingyan festival on April 20.

She noted that a number of factories have already shutdown before the holiday because of lack of raw materials or cancellation of orders and the crisis is expected to continue amid the rising number of COVID-19 patients in the country.

Daw Moe Moe Su Kyi said in a statement this is not the right time to take advantage of each other, noting that what is important is the safety of everybody. Daw Khine Zar Aung, chairman of International Workers Federation of Myanmar, said the workers would be seeking more safety measures in the workplace in order to get maximum protection from the disease.

“They (workers) should be given more leaves,” she said. “They should be given hostel fees and food allowance.”

“The owners have a great deal of negotiations to do and they need to discuss these with the workers’ representatives,” she added.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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