Stop Reportedly Jailing Garment Workers for Peacefully Protesting

Target: Daw Tin Aye Han, Deputy Director General of Rongson Co Ltd.

Goal: Provide better conditions, pay and treatment for garment workers.

Garment workers in Myanmar are reportedly being jailed for peacefully protesting during the coronavirus pandemic for better pay and working conditions. In May, over 100 workers at the Blue Diamond bag factory participated in a strike demanding that their employer help minimize exposure to COVID-19 by allowing time off and better working conditions. As a result, some were apparently arrested outside the factory, including employee Zar Zar Tun and a coworker. Tun was reportedly jailed for three months and described having been chained to other inmates for 21 days in a crowded prison hall.

The bag factory is operated by Rongson Co Ltd., which supplies some U.S. brands such as Vera Bradley. Sign below to demand employees at Rongson are granted their right to peacefully protest and in addition, are given better pay and treatment, especially during the coronavirus.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Daw Tin Aye Han,

Denying your employees safe conditions during a global pandemic and then seemingly jailing them for peacefully protesting is incredibly inhumane. These garment workers have families to feed and bills to pay and they should not be taken such cruel advantage of.

Your workers are not indispensable objects. I demand that you immediately give them time off and better conditions during COVID-19, in addition to respecting their right to peacefully protest.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: lostfilm.info




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One Comment

  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    They have rights too and should not be punished for speaking out.

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