Myanmar RMG workers mark seventh day of strike
15 December 2015, Nirapad News: More than 200 garment workers in Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon Monday marked the seventh day of a strike demanding full salary for November after the owner of the factory that employs them docked their pay for failing to meet production targets.
The workers, who comprise more than two-thirds of the labor force at the Hteik Tan Myanmar Garment Factory, have been protesting in front of the facility in Zone No. 4 of Yangon’s Hlaingthayar Industrial Park since Dec. 7 after only receiving half of their pay last month, representative Moe Sanda Myint said. “The factory owner paid us for only 15 days in November, although we worked for the full month,” he told RFA’s Myanmar Service, adding that management had promised to hold talks with the workers but would not pay them their full salary. “The owner’s representative … accused us of failing to work up to expectations. But as we worked for the entire month, we will continue our demand for full salary in discussions with the factory owner, the government and the Worker’s Union.” According to Moe Sanda Myint a mediation group had scheduled a Monday meeting between worker representatives and Hteik Tan’s owner, but the latter never showed up. Since the strike began, workers have been barred from using the factory’s ferry services and the dormitory where they usually reside, he said.