Myanmar authorities disperse striking industrial zone workers

Xinhua . Yangon

Myanmar authorities have taken action to disperse striking garment workers with Yangon’s Shwepyitha Industrial Zone as negotiation with the striking workers made no progress on settling Labour dispute, a semi- official report said Thursday.
The workers from the foreign-owned E-Land Myanmar Garment Factory staging protest at the industrial zone were dispersed by the security force Wednesday near evening with about 15 protestors and two reporters including a foreigner being detained.
The two reporters were later released on warning, said the Global New Light of Myanmar.
The legal action was taken amid warning of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security against break of law and instigation to disturb rule of law.
Earlier on Feb. 20, the authorities had taken legal action against the month-long Labour strike staged by 2,000 workers from three foreign-invested garment factories in Shwepyitha industrial zone, north of Yangon.
During the incident, Labour strike leaders, along with 30 workers, had been arrested.

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