Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Talks fail as Rangoon strikers push on

14 February 2012
Employers have refused to budge on demands made by workers 
at a shoe factory in Rangoon whose strike, now in its second week,
has once again drawn attention to poor labour conditions in Burma.
Officials from the government’s labour department yesterday
attempted to mediate between strikers and the owners of the 
Taiyi shoe factory. Around 2,000 people have halted work in protest 
at low salaries and wages deducted during the five-day Chinese 
New Year holiday in January, which employees say they were
forced to take against their will.

No Breakthrough in Strike Talks

13 February 2012
Workers at the Chinese-owned Tai Yi Slipper factory in Rangoon's 
Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone (3) said that they have yet to reach
an agreement with their employers, despite talks on Monday that
included senior government labor officials.
Today's talks, which come a week after workers at the Tai Yi factory
went on strike to demand wages deducted for an unofficial holiday to
mark the Chinese New Year, were the first since the labor unrest began.