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Over 100 Myanmar workers laid off in Chaing Rai without pay

Myitmakha News Agency

Tachileik, January 29 – approximately 120 Myanmar migrant workers have been made redundant from a construction company in the northern Thai town of Chaing Rai after they protested to the workers and social security department about not receiving their salaries.

The workers staged the protest on January 27 as the aforementioned construction company owed roughly 3.4 million Thai Baht in salaries.

“They company gave us the sack. They didn’t pay us our salaries. We are protesting in order to get the money that we are owed.” said Myanmar migrant worker Ko Htun Htun.

The company cut off the water and electricity supply to the accommodation of the workers after they protested, and so they are currently searching for new employment and a place to live.

“[We’re protesting about] the salary owed to us for December 16, 2015 to January 15, 2016. We requested our Migrant Workers Federation to assistance in the manner of the law.” commented a Myanmar migrant worker involved in the protests.

The Myanmar migrant workers in question were working on the three project construction sites of the aforementioned company, while workers are demanding 15 days salary, on top of a week’s advance salary and compensation after being fired.

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