Myanmar: Garment workers call for backpay of overtime wages for more than a year
Date Reported: 29 Jun 2023
CompaniesUniversal Apparel - Supplier , El Corte Inglés - Buyer , Mango - Buyer , Moores - Buyer
Total individuals affected: 1000Workers: ( 1000 - Location unknown , Clothing & textile , Gender not reported )
Response sought: Yes, by BHRRC
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Action taken: Universal Apparel allegedly supplies to El Cortes Ingles, MANGO and Moores; El Cortes Ingles provided a response to a request for comment from the Resource Centre. Mango and Moores did not.
Source type: News outlet
" The workers said that they want to get back the cut of OT fees for more than 1 year", 29 June 2023
At the Korean-owned Universal Apparel Co., Ltd garment factory opened in the Silver Sea Industrial Zone in Hlaing Thayar Township, Yangon Region, the workers said that instead of being paid for 8 hours, [the workers are] being paid for 4 hours, [and] said that they would like to be recalculated with back pay.
With more than 1,000 workers, it sews international brands such as ELCORTE, MOORES... It is reported that they are exporting to Korea, and there is no trade union in the workplace, but the WCC group has been formed.
"If I work overtime on Sunday, I have to work for a full 8 hours, but I only get paid for 4 hours. Before, I was paid for 8 hours, but it's been more than a year since I've been paid for 4 hours," said the worker who wants the overtime pay to be recalculated.
If workers do not get full overtime pay and do not work overtime, the supervisors pressure them to reduce the wages they have received, he said.
Last June 12, when the inspectors visited the factory, the workers were told in advance that they received OT according to the law.
He said that he would like to request that the workers should recalculate the overtime pay that they should actually receive.
[Translation via Google Translate]