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Myanmar: Police charge labour leaders for role in garment factory strikes over poor working conditions

Author: Salai Thant Zin, The Irrawaddy, Published on: 4 September 2019

"Chinese-Owned Garment Factory Strikers Sued by Myanmar Police", 4 September 2019

... Police... opened a case against seven labor strike leaders and a labor activist... in connection with a strike at Myanmar Knitting, a Chinese-invested garment factory in Pathein Industrial Zone. Over 1,000 workers took part in the sit-in...

According to strike leaders, workers are not allowed to go to the bathroom during overtime. The factory management also did not repair the broken bathroom doors and failed to provide enough fans and drinking water... Workers are not given annual leave...They also complained about increased workloads...

Pathein Township police chief.., said strike leaders did not comply... [with] the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law. “... As they failed to comply, we have taken legal action,”...

... [T]he sit-in was [later] canceled as the 45 [worker] demands were met, as the factory agreed to fulfill them, and employees would... [go] back to work...

The factory makes clothes for firms like Zara, Holly & Whyte and C&A... according to factory workers...

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