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18 Jul 2022

Myanmar: Garment workers at Huabo Times report labour rights violations incl. mandatory overtime, excessive production targets & abuse; incl. co. response

In April 2022, workers reported a number of violations at Huabo Times factory to a local trade union, including mandatory overtime, excessive production targets and verbal harassment and abuse. The workers reported that they were being pressured by their employer to tell buyers that there are no violations at the factory, and threatened that if they reported the truth, the factory would close and workers would lose their jobs. The factory reportedly produces for Primark, BESTSELLER and Inditex.

In June 2022, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the buyers to respond. Primark, BESTSELLER and Inditex responded and the responses are included below.