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24 Oct 2023

Kyaw Kyaw Win, Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Garment worker suffers miscarriage in factory after being prevented by factory management from going to the hospital

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"Urge for compensation for the death of a pregnant worker's fetus who had a Braxton Hicks contraction at work", 24 October 2023

It is reported that the death of a female worker's fetus occurred on September 30 as she did not have a chance to give birth on time. The woman is working as a seamstress.

A 7-month pregnant female sewing worker working in Myanmar Yangon Richang Apparel Co,Ltd. (NISHO) garment factory had...contractions at 10:00 a.m. and told the production manager that she is going to give a birth. But instead of sending her to the hospital, she was told to take a rest in the lounge, and the pregnant woman cried out that she was about to give a birth as amniotic fluid starts to flow and water breaks, but there was no one to help her.

At 3:00 p.m., the [baby]'s head came out, and at 4:00 p.m. she was taken to Hlaing Thar Yar Hospital, but unfortunately, the baby didn’t survive. 

The pregnant female worker was given 2 months maternity leave by Social Security and instructed to return to work on November 21. 

"As for the factory officials, if the pregnant woman was taken to the hospital from the time she complained about the pain, the child would definitely survive. The mother could [have] also pass[ed] away if it is more delayed. We would like to request that the family of the victim be compensated...for the negligence of the factory," the workers demanded.

The factory is located at Shwe Lin Ban Industrial Zone, Hlaing Thar Yar township, Yangon and it is known for manufacturing [for brands, including:] CIAOPANIC TYPY...AZUL BY MOUSSY, RODEO CROWNS WIDE BOWL, RIGHT ON, HanGTen...H-ESSENTIAL, Fieldcore...with a total of (800) workers.

In the previous days too, there have been calls for overtime in the factory all [day] and night, and two workers who worked overtime at night and returned from work at 5 a.m. were robbed on the street in July.

"At that time, the woman was stabbed in the thigh and had to pay the robber...all the money. The employer paid 40,000 for medical expenses. There were about 5 cases of [workers] being robbed while returning home from overtime, but they kept calling for overtime," the worker said.

The pregnant female worker was given 2 months maternity lea ve by Social Security and instructed to return to work on November 21. rms, as workers' rights are being seriously violated. with