Myanmar: Garment workers report labour rights violations at Dishang Kenny garment factory incl. verbal abuse & denial of benefits
Date Reported: 19 May 2022
CompaniesDishang Kenny (Dishang Group) - Supplier , Kiabi - Buyer , Bestseller - Reported buyer , Inditex - Reported buyer , Zara (part of Inditex) - Reported buyer , ONLY (part of Bestseller) - Reported buyer
Total individuals affected: 570Workers: ( 570 - Location unknown , Clothing & textile , Gender not reported )
IssuesGender Discrimination , Denial of leave , Mandatory overtime
Response sought: Yes, by BHRRC
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Action taken: Dishang Kenny (Dishang Group) allegedly supplied to BESTSELLER, Inditex and KIABI. All brands provided a response to a request for comment from the Resource Centre. BESTSELLER and Inditex stated that they did not source from the factory.
Source type: News outlet
" Garment workers at the Dishang Kenny garment factory say they are being deducted up to 30,000 kyat per day off work, including working overtime until 10pm, and that their labor rights are being violated", 19 May 2022
Each worker is charged up to 30,000 [kyats]...for one day off work…According to the workers, the factory did not provide any other rights, including the right to strike, and...workers' rights were being violated by the…factory.
"In the workplace, supervisors…who run on behalf of their employers, shout at the workers…and even on Sundays they are forced to go down without the workers' consent," said a factory worker.
In addition, the factory violates workers' rights, such as the 1951 Leave and Holidays Act, by not giving workers any benefits at all.
"If you want to go back because of an emergency family situation or if you are not feeling well at work, the gate is not easy to ask for.
All…employees in charge of the employer's administration are required to return to work from 7:30 am…and workers are required to report to the factory on a daily basis.
Public holidays, such as Sundays, should be called only by the employer after obtaining the consent of the employees… The employer must take overtime as required by law. To clean the dining hall in the factory…
There is a trade union at the Dishang Kenny garment factory, but after the military coup, there were no more labor rights negotiations.
The garment factory is also a distributor of ZARA, ONLY, KIABI and other brands.
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