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10 May 2020

Myat Thura, Myanmar Times

Myanmar: COVID-19 leaves over 60,000 jobless; workers in 105 factories remain unpaid

"COVID-19 leaves over 60,000 workers jobless in Myanmar", 28 April 2020

Over 60,000 workers across the country have lost their jobs due to factory shutdowns caused by cancelled orders and the COVID-19 pandemic's disruption of raw material supplies.

U Myo Aung, permanent secretary of Labour, Immigration and Population, said...that 175 factories had stopped operations.... "Over 60,000 people are unemployed," he said.

"Everything was settled in more than 70 factories, but in 105 factories, the workers have not been paid yet."

In Yangon Region, the Brightberg Enterprises bag factory, which dismissed more than 300 employees, was shut down permanently, said Daw Cho Mar Win, an employee.

"The factory is closed," she said, "but only the owner knows why. Today, they will pay compensation to the employees according to the law."