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YANGON - A Myanmar garment manufacturer which supplies sportswear giant Adidas has allegedly sacked 39 trade union members, who led a strike over pay and conditions, and called in the military.

About 2,000 workers reportedly went on strike at the Myanmar Pouchen factory in Yangon demanding a rise in their daily wage from 4,800 (US$2.30) to 8,000 (US$3.80) Myanmar kyat.

Adidas says it takes worker dismissals seriously and is in talks with the company. But a trade union leader said workers were now too intimidated to fight for their rights.

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