Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Factory workers protest over rates cut in Mandalay Region

Workers at the Kan Kaung Chin Yadanar wood products factory in Mandalay Region staged a sit-in yesterday over what they described as unfair labour practices by the management.

Workers protesting over labour rights abuse at the Kan Kaung Chin Yadanar wood products factory in Mandalay. Kyaw Ko Ko / The Myanmar TimesWorkers protesting over labour rights abuse at the Kan Kaung Chin Yadanar wood products factory in Mandalay. Kyaw Ko Ko / The Myanmar Times

About 60 piece job wage workers who took part in the protest are demanding piece job rates and benefits to be reinstated by the management of the factory in Bal Lin village, Singu township.

They said since the introduction of the K3600 daily minimum wage law in 2015, the factory management has cut piece job rates and workers’ benefits.

“Piece job wage before the minimum wage was set at K3600 per day, was K10 for a flat piece of timber, but now we get just K5,” said Ko Htay Ko Ko Maung, one of the leaders of the protest.

“Each worker finishes 33 flat pieces of timber a day. Moreover, they have reduced our benefits for regular attendance, annual increments and overtime bonus,” Ko Htay Ko Ko Maung told The Myanmar Times.

The workers are also demanding reinstatement of previous benefits, a rest area for workers and medical benefits.

Last year, the workers had filed a complaint at the regional arbitration council which resolves disputes between employers and employees.

The council negotiated three times, with its final answer to workers to press charges against the employer, said Ko Htay Ko Ko Maung.

“Even if we press charges, we are the ones affected. We want the authorities to inspect the factory and resolve our problems. We will hold more sit-ins if nothing is done,” he said.

The factory has over 2000 workers.


Translation by Win Thaw Tar and Swe Zin Moe