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9 Aug 2023

Kyaw Kyaw Win, Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Garment workers report physical abuse & harassment from supervisor

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"In addition to not receiving statutory holidays, the labourers state that they faced physical abuse too.", 9 August 2023

According to the labourers, apart from not getting the[ir] statutory leaves, there are also physical abuses in North Shore Group garment factory which [is] located in No.13 ward, Pathein, Ayeyarwaddy division.

“...managers and super[visor]s don’t want to allow the statutory leaves [to apply] to [sickness]...[Workers are] also not [given] a gate pass for an illness or [an] emergency case...The super[visor]s and leaders use profanities [often]. There are also no emergency medicines in the dispensary. [The factory] force[s]...labourers from [an]other department [to] clean...but [there is] no janitor appointed. The...[supervisor] from sewing department yells...asking [for high targets]...But now she has gone back to China...The labourers who resign are also not paid [what they are] are entitled to according to the law...

That factory is operating with over 600 labour force and manufacturing [clothes for] VAUDE, Schoffel brands.

“There are labourers who [are abused] by the super[visor] Daw (…) [who] throws....clothes, sewing pins and scissors. She strangles and dehumanize[s]. Sewing cavity line 4 leader Daw (...) [verbally abuses] the labourers [shouting insults] such as “[I] will slap you all in the row”, “Whore”. I witnessed her dragging and bumping a girl too.”, said...a labourer from that factory.

They also stated that there [is] harassment...in the workplace...