An agreement has been reached between owners of the Fu Yuen Garment Factory in Yangon, Myanmar, following the sacking of 30 workers and protests involving 300 others.
The workers began picketing the factory, which is said to have produced clothes for German supermarket chain Lidl and UK fashion brand Joules, nearly two months ago over alleged poor conditions and mistreatment, according to News Asia. The latest protests last month were for the reinstatement of 30 sacked workers.
Dozens of garment workers were understood to have been injured while protesting outside the factory just weeks ago.
According to the Myanmar Times, the 30 sacked workers and 300 protesters will return to work on 6 November after a mediation effort led to an agreement that was signed yesterday (31 October).
“We will be going back to work peacefully following successful mediation,” Ma Thazin, a leader of the workers union, told a press conference yesterday.
Ko Htet Khaing, a manager at the Chinese-owned factory in Dagon Seikkan Industrial Zone, told the publication the company agreed to let the strikers return to work.
The strike lasted for 72 days. The factory opened in the industrial zone in 2014 and employs around 1,400 workers.