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11 Jan 2022


Myanmar: Garment workers at Honor Apparel call for full compensation for factory closure

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“Chinese garment workers receive more than three months' compensation”, 11 January 2022

A worker at Honor Apparel…told RFA on January 8 that it had paid compensation for more than three months after the factory shut down for more than six months.

The factory worker said the compensation was paid to more than 400 factory workers and that they were not fully paid for the time off.

"The factory was closed for six and a half months. Compensation was said to be more than three months' basic salary. In total, it was 4,680,000. Normally, the salary was around 300,000 a month."

The factory was shut down on March 14 last year after the military coup. It was one of 24 Chinese-owned factories that caught fire on the 15th and 16th.

During the factory closure, workers were forced to work in other factories on a daily basis to earn a living.

Workers say the Honor Apparel garment factory and the Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IWFM) have agreed to [pay] compensation, which is less than what was due.

Another worker at the plant said he should be compensated for the more than six months it was closed…