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16 Jun 2023

Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Garment workers report labour rights violations amid job scarcity & high cost of living

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“Because of the scarcity of jobs, they are working amid violations of labor rights”, 16 February 2023

After the coup d'état, the workers who have been working in domestic factories have lost their labor rights and have been violated, but they have to work hard for the sake of livelihood.

According to the workers, due to the high price of goods, low basic salary, and the scarcity of jobs, they are not receiving legal benefits such as leave benefits.

Irrawaddy Region At Hakers Enterprise Myanmar Garment Factory in Pathein, Ward 13, Mazu Road, Field No. 52, if you want the legal rights of the workers…[i]t is reported that the leaders did not give it.

"…If the workers ask for leave, they…order the line clerks not to give leave. In the case of cloth[ing], they demand more than a worker can handle. There are people who can't even eat a meal. Currently, there are people who are grinding because they are afraid of losing their jobs. There are people who leave because they can't do it. The super[visors]s discriminate against each other and fight with each other," said a worker at the factory.

The REGATTA label is being sewn.

Due to the delay in the arrival of raw materials from China, it is known that Saturdays are being closed one week after the other. "I was] only paid 2,400 for the weekend when I was off work. I didn't want to sign the agreement with the workers. I had to sign because I would lose my job," said a worker.

[Translation via Google Translate]