Over 300 workers have protested in front of the Asia Rose garment factory in Hlaingthayar industrial zone, after being expelled for demanding better wages.
The workers started their protest on May 7 and demanded greater respect of their rights and a better salary, which is currently Ks 400 per day.
“At first, we didn’t intend to protest but the owner of the factory insisted in telling us not to participate in the protest. When the workers came to work on May 7, the factory was closed. Later the owner said that we broke the employees-employers contract and they expelled all the demonstrators,” said Thanda Moe on behalf of the demonstrators.
The workers have complained to respective authorities on May 15 and May 19. No agreement has yet been reached with officials from the factory.
The owner of the factory, Kyin Hmwe, said they have not expelled the workers but they have been barred from work by the contract.
“We have set the rules for them to be disciplined.
It is not oppressing. If they can’t follow the rules, they better not join the work. Because they demonstrated in front of the factory, our work faces many obstacles,” he said.