200 workers from “Hallmark” garment factory were striking during last week, demanding their unpaid wages. Their wages should have been paid on 5th January, the official factory pay day. During the last days the workers agreed to accept a written promise that wages would be paid no later than January 12. Until yesterday the employers instead of paying the wages, they announced that they will cut the wages for the days of the strike.
The situation in the Myanmar garment factories reflects the common strategy of the owners of the factories and the government of Myanmar of reducing the production cost in order to attract foreign capitals to the garment sector.
The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, stands on the side of the workers of the Hallmark factory. The WFTU joins its voice with the voice of the workers demanding the immediate payment of the full wages and the termination of such employers’ inacceptable practices.