Myanmar Junta Suspends 212 Central Bank Staff on Strike

By The Irrawaddy 17 March 2021

More than 200 employees from the Central Bank of Myanmar have been suspended for taking part in the civil disobedience movement (CDM) against the military regime.

Last Friday’s order suspended 212 staff, ranging from assistant directors to cleaners, for failing to perform their duties.

Legal action against civil servants on strike comes as the military government has been paralyzed by the CDM for over a month. The junta has stepped up detentions, dismissals or suspensions and evictions of civil servants from government housing.

A suspended member of the banking staff told The Irrawaddy that with hundreds of bankers joining the CDM in Yangon, Naypyitaw and Mandalay, stifling financial operations across the country.

A few staff in Naypyitaw were forced to return to work, she added. Many banking staff have left their accommodation to avoid possible raids and detentions, she said.

“I don’t dare withdraw my salary as they told us to come to the office to receive our pay,” she said. “I have prepared [to continue striking after being suspended],” she said. Some of her colleagues are pregnant or the only wage earners in their families and are now facing financial difficulties.

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