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.