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14 Oct 2022

Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Garment workers report illegal dismissal of over 200 workers at Hunkemoller supplier

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" More than 200 workers were illegally fired for not receiving orders. The rest of the workers were also forced to take seniority leave without their consent", 21 September 2022

After more than 200 workers were illegally fired without any compensation due to not receiving orders at the workplace, the remaining workers were asked to leave the factory for 4 days...the workers said.

The...Myanmar Efforts Garment..factory, which was opened near Pakokku Township, Magway Region, manufactures brands such as hunkemoller...and operates with more than 1,000 workers.

On the 14th of the ninth month...the super[visors]...told the workers... [that] [b]ecause there [are] no order[s], the [factory] will be closed for 4 days, one day is a regular Sunday, and the remaining three days will be closed...They closed on Sundays, then they said that they had to go back to work on Saturdays for the days that were closed on Saturdays and Sundays in nine months," said a worker.

Furthermore, the factory was closed from September 15th to 17th, and the workers were told that they would be closed again if no more orders were received.

"If we don't get another order, we will close again because it will add to the seniority rights, so the workers will suffer. Not getting the order is the employer's issue... Now, without any agreement, the workers' seniority rights are being abused. It is a loss for the workers," said a worker from the workplace...

Last August 20, the fired workers said that they want to get the compensation they deserve because there was no order and no compensation was paid to more than 200 workers with 1 month to 1 year of service.

The workers said that they would like to negotiate after getting the consent of the workers [on] the matter of not receiving orders in the workplace and closing the factory.

[Translation via Google Translate]