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4 Feb 2023

Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Garment workers report rights violations at factory, incl. denial of leave, mandatory overtime & dismissal of pregnant workers without compensation

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“At the CORTEFIEL brand factory, the workers say they are working without days off and are not entitled to legal benefits.”, 4 February 2023

The workers at the Tan Da Garment Factory, which manufactures [for] the CORTEFIEL brand, have been working without days off, and have not received workers' benefits such as leave and social security benefits, and workers have said that there are violations in the workplace.

Yangon Region Hlaing Thayar Industrial Zone 4 Wet Masut Wan Took U Klai Road, the factory…is operating with more than 400 workers.

The workers said that they are having a hard time because the targets set]…are more than what the workers can sew.

"There are a variety of difficulties for workers who have less than a month's work. If they miss a day of work, they do not pay Sunday leave. The same is true for veteran workers. They are not allowed to enjoy legal holidays. Pregnant workers who have less than 3 months of service are fired without any reason without compensation. There are many violations…” said an unnamed worker who works at the factory.

In this workplace, if the workers miss a day's leave for any reason, their skill level will be reduced, and the supervisors…will be discriminated against.

According to the workers, they were forced to work overtime without taking a break on Sunday, which is a public holiday.

The workers say…they do not have a social security card and are facing difficulties without receiving any social security benefits.

"The social security fee is cut every month, so I don't get a smart card, so I don't get any benefits. People who move from another factory get a card, but they only extend it, so they don't get full benefits," said the worker who is facing difficulties.

[Translation via Google Translate]