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10 Jun 2023

Hsu Latt Phyu, Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Garment workers report multiple labour rights abuses at Kfine International Garment (Myanmar) factory

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“Workers say there are labor rights violations at KFINE INTERNATIONAL GARMENT”, 10 June 2023

According to the workers, more than 1000 workers are working in the KFINE INTERNATIONAL GARMENT factory, which was opened in the field No. (652-C) of Waing Village in the eastern part of Bago Division, and there are violations of labor rights.

The factory is owned by a German citizen, sews Korean clothes and warm clothes, and forces many day laborers to work in the workplace.

"Half of the workers at the factory are day laborers, some of them have been there for almost a year. The overtime workers are paid 600 kyats and the workers who cut cotton are paid 500 kyats an hour. If they miss one day of work, they don't have to come back the next day and they won't be rehired," said a factory worker who did not want to be named.

He said that workers are having a hard time because they cannot miss work if they are sick…

In addition, the day laborers are forced to work from 7:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m., and those who cannot work until the next morning are fired without payment, according to the workers…

Among these day laborers, there are many young workers between the ages of 13 and 15, and the workers are not satisfied with the fact that they have to come in earlier than the working hours without a specific start time.

If there is no such early intervention, they will be rudely spoken about, and the [targets] will be higher than what the workers can sew…

The workers say that they are facing difficulties because pregnant women workers are illegally fired without reason in the workplace and they are not allowed to enjoy the rights that the workers are entitled to…

[Translation via Google Translate]