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11 Aug 2022

Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Garment workers allege facing denied leave, verbal abuse, excessive targets & forced overtime

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“Not being able to enjoy the benefits in the workplace...”, 11 August 2022

In the workplace…leave entitlements such as leave and working holidays are not granted. The factory workers said that the supervisors used abusive language against the workers in the workplace and had conversations to embarrass the employees.

The workers said that the SYSMM Apparel Manufacturing factory, which was opened at Shwe Pytha Industrial Zone 4, Papa Khao Maung Khat Road, Yangon Region, is committing such violations of labor rights.

In addition, it is said that workers are being forced to work overtime without their consent on Sundays, which are public holidays.

There are more than 1,200 workers in the workplace, and workers…are asked [to meet targets beyond what they can] sew, and are paid only if the requested [targets] are met.

The demands of the factory workers

  1. If overtime is called on Sundays, which are public holidays, the workers must be called only after asking for their consent.
  2. [Supervisors] [d]o not behave rudely towards workers…
  3. To provide full legal benefits.
  4. To provide enough desks in the workers' lounge and dining area in the factory workplace.
  5. To recalculate overtime pay for overtime work.
  6. It is reported that brands such as BERSHKA, STRADIVARIUS, SINSAY, and MOHITO are sewn at the factory.

[Translation via Google Translate]