Burma

63 Striking Myanmar Investment Staff Suspended by Junta

By The Irrawaddy 25 March 2021

Myanmar’s investment agency, now under military control, has suspended 63 staff, including a deputy director, who are striking against the regime.

Striking civil servants face investigation under civil service rules after refusing to work for the military junta and demanding the return of civilian rule, according to leaked documents from the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.

The suspension list includes a deputy director, six assistant directors, 10 chief officers and 17 deputy chief officers. The Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations agency mediates between businesses and the government and aims to boost domestic and foreign investment.

Thousands of civil servants are on strike in opposition to the military regime, despite facing legal action and intimidation from their superiors. The civil disobedience movement has included health care professionals, bankers, lawyers, teachers, engineers and police across the country.

Last week, the military regime dismissed 56 striking Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff. Around 150 striking Electric Power Generation Enterprise staff said they received phone calls threatening suspension and prosecution if they fail to return to work.

Coup leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing warned on Monday that civil servants will have to sign confessions the first time they fail to go to work. Further violations will incur prosecution under civil service rules.

Under the civil services rules, the maximum action against staff is dismissal. No prison sentences can be applied.

 

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