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30 Jan 2023

Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Garment workers allegedly denied leave & forced to work overtime to meet increased production targets

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“Local garment factory workers operating under the CMP system are losing benefits and labor rights”, 30 January 2023


In the current workplace, workers are not allowed to enjoy casual leave, and if they take a day off, they get 4,800 kyats of daily wages, 7,000 kyats, a total of 11,800 kyats deducted. If you take social security leave because you are sick, they discriminate against the worker who takes the leave, make you feel angry, pressure you, and yell at you." said a factory worker at FOOK HING (SHWE KHA YU) LTD, which manufactures the hunkemoller brand.

The factory was opened in Hlaing Thayar Shwe Sam Lwin Industrial Zone, Mekha Lam Road, and it is operating with more than 1,200 workers…

"Our factory sews bodices and undergarments. The [target they] ask for is more than one worker can sew. [they] ask for a rate of 100 pieces of fabric per hour. If we don't meet the standard, the super[visors] scold us and tell us that it's not acceptable," said a worker from that factory who did not want to be named.

There are 45 tailors, clerks, etc. per machine line, and the tailors are not fully staffed, and even if there are absent workers, they are forced to increase the [target], so they are working in misery and crying on a daily basis.

A 27-year-old garment worker said, "…In the evening break, like on Sundays, you have to [work] overtime. There is no right to refuse…," said a 27-year-old garment worker...

[Translation via Google Translate]