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2 Aug 2022

Khit Thit Media

Myanmar: Hundreds of garment workers fired without reason due to military orders

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“Sagaing Division 5/registration holders and Magway Division 8/some registration holders were fired. No solution for why they were fired” 2 August 2022

Yangon, August 1

[In a factory in Yangon] [s]ome of the people who were fired told the Yangon Modern News that some of the Sagaing Division 5/ registration holders and Magway Division 8/ registration holders who were working in the workshops were fired without...reason.

The labor community said that some workers with 8/ and 5/ registration holders were dismissed from their jobs in the Ti factory and EMC factory in Mynalgadon Township, No. (3) Road, Midhok stop, Midhok stop.

"The layoffs started yesterday on August 1st. I heard that the military will close the factory and threaten to take action if they are not fired…So far, there are a few hundred people who have been fired…It is said that 25 workers were fired from the Ti factory this morning. It is not yet known how many are from the EMC factory…," said the labor community…

...the workers and labor community sources who contacted Yangon New Times today said that they have received reports that the workers in Sagaing and Magway are being [forcibly fired] by the military…

"Right now, the army is forcing workers from 5/Sagair and 8/Magway who are working in Yangon factories to be fired. The main thing is that these people may be PDF supporters. Because their parents and relatives are there, the army said that sending money back might support that side, or support PDF. Employers seem to be worried that these people will face problems at work," said a source helping the workers...

According to one employer, authorities recently asked him to provide a list of the number of Magwe and Sagaing registered workers working in his factory.

"[They] ask how long they have been working at the factory. They ask whether they are new or old. I don't know why they ask for that," said the employer…

[Translation via Google Translate]