Myanmar Garment Workers Remain on Strike Over Abuses in Chinese-Owned Factory

More than 100 Myanmar garment workers are continuing a strike on Wednesday in front of Maha Bandula Park in downtown Yangon, demanding that a Chinese-owned textile factory rehire 30 workers responsible for starting the labor action and punish those responsible for a violent attack on striking workers on Monday that injured 25 people.

They also called on officials to enact laws to protect workers in Myanmar.

Workers from the Fu Yuen Garment Company Ltd. in Yangon’s Dagon Seikkan township have been on strike since Aug. 21 demanding better work conditions and an end to mistreatment by factory owners. After the 30 members of a committee that had been campaigning for better conditions for workers were sacked, others set up a protest camp outside the factory.

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