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15 Jul 2022

Myanmar: Garment workers dismissed from handbag factory for removing masks at factory entrance; incl. co. response

In November 2021 it was reported that two workers from UNIFA Handbag Myanmar were dismissed without legal compensation. Local unions said the workers were unfairly dismissed for removing their masks at the factory entrance, despite the employer failing to comply with COVID-19 regulations inside the factory.

In June 2022, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Primark, Juicy Couture (Authentic Brands), Koltov and LPP S.A. to respond.

Primark said it had launched investigations into the cases of labour rights abuses in Myanmar garment factories raised by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) , and that in all cases, remediation had either been put in place or completed. Primark also said they no longer worked with two of the suppliers, as they failed to meet their Code of Conduct requirements. LPP S.A. said it had begun a thorough and urgent external third party audit in the factories it sourced from, where labour rights abuses had reportedly taken place. The full responses are included below. Juicy Couture and Koltov did not respond.