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SEN YU MYANMAR Garment factory workers' collective demand reaches settlement and will return to work

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By Hsu Latt Phyu Oct 21, 2023

The workers of SEN YU CLOTHING MYANMAR CO,LTD garment factory which located on Bamaw Secretary Road, Shwe Lin Ban industrial Zone, Hlaing Thar Yar Township, Yangon district due make a collective demand by stop working to reduced wages. On the 4th day of their demand in the factory, it is known that they will return the workplace because they have negotiated and reaches settlement with the employer.

The workers' demands include the dismissal of the HR manager who tried to cut the professional fees, and the employer agreed to that, and the contract states that she has been dismissed since October 18.

The factory is owned by a Chinese national and has more than a thousand workers and it manufactures brands such as Sinsay, TERRANOVA, P&VV, and other brands as well.

It is said that 12 points have been included in the contract signed by the respective representatives of the employer-employee agreement, and the workers have withdrawn the requested of bonus which to be increased by 10,000 MMK according to the levels.

"There is only one result that is unique. When we went to the labor relations office, they asked us if they want the requested points, they will not fire the HR manager. So, we no longer pursuit our rights so that the HR manager is fired and if they express the official letter of her dismissal, we said we will return to work. And they said they will fire her," the worker said.

The workers started a collect demand on October 17th, due to SEN YU Clothing MYANMAR garment factory manager and officials called a meeting to the whole factory and announced that they will no longer pay the grade bonus set as the professional fee for all workers, but will change it to a ticket based on the amount of fabrics.

Around 1,000 workers at the factory have added about 10 demands, including the return of the professional fee (grade bonus) they received before. On October 18, negotiations were held, but no settlement was reached, and on October 20, they got a resolve, he said.

Factory workers request to return only the professional fee (grade bonus) they received before. To increase the attendance by 10,000 MMK, not to cut the day fee for taking leave in accordance with the law, to set 10,000 MMK annually for respective seniorities and pay monthly. To allow to form the WCC, which mediates industrial disputes according to the workers desire, to allow the workers to organize themselves as they wish and not to fire the workers who are now demanding it.

The workers withdrew the request of grade bonus raise in the latest signed agreement and it includes the points that not to reduce the grade bonus for taking legal leaves, everyone to know and agree the cut of 10,000 MMK for a day absent, 20,000 MMK for two and 30,000 MMK for 3 from the attendance bonus, to allow 5 hour gate pass per month, to set up a Labor Coordination Committee as soon as possible and conduct transparent voting 

Furthermore, to accept that the workers will be paid a day and a half wage for 3 days of collective demanding and cut 10,000 MMK of attendance bonus and 5,000 MMK of grade bonus according to the professionality levels, to have a medical room and a doctor or nurse, the supervisors not to treat rudely to the workers, not to discriminate, to return to the workplace at October 21, to assure to fire the HR manager and not to demand again in a year.


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