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19 Sep 2022

Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Garment workers allegedly faint after being forced to work overnight without overtime pay to complete orders

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"The ZARA brand factory made them work all night and did not pay OT. Fire workers who say they can't go to OT", 19 September 2022

It is reported that SHENG DA MING APPAREL CO,LTD, a clothing factory [supplying] ZARA...forced [workers] to work overtime (OT) throughout the night and dismissed the workers who said they could not go to work because of non-payment of overtime pay.

According to the SHENG DA MING APPAREL factory, up to 17 junior workers were laid off and senior workers were forced to change lines.

"The workers were told that they would have to come down and sew the clothes...without paying the OT fee. The workers could not come down. The employer was not satisfied with the fact that they would sew the clothes as soon as work started in the morning. [They said,] [b]ecause of you, the order did not meet the date. You will shut down the line. The older workers will be rescheduled. They said that they will fire the less experienced workers and fired 17 workers on September 16," said the affected workers...

SHENG DA MING APPAREL CO.,LTD...is [in] Yangon Region. Shwe Pytha Industrial Zone (2)...

"...they call me [to work] overnight...and they don't pay overtime, and there's no such thing as arranging a ferry...I know that some workers even faint when they work until dawn... I went to the welfare clinic even though I was paying self-sufficiency...," said the victimized worker.

The relevant labor office officials have requested help to resolve the violations of workers' rights and grievances such as workers being unfairly fired and not receiving any compensation.

[Translation via Google Translate]