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16 Dec 2022

Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Garment workers who do not work overtime face dismissal, workers reports

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"A series of layoffs for not working overtime", 16 December 2022

Workers in local factories have been fired for no reason and for not working overtime.

"If you are fired for not working overtime, the custom is to file a complaint with the labor office. But the workers came to us asking for help..."...For a long time now, workers have been unfairly forced to work overtime and their rights have been violated. Instead of directly complaining about being fired, they have been doing the same thing," said one of the...workers.

Lately, domestic factories have been asking workers for more than the set standards and continue to work overtime under the pretext of not meeting the standards, and they are not paying overtime for that time.

In regards to being fired for not working overtime, it is also reported that an employee of the Nanstock garment factory, Zeyathiri (4th) block, Shwepyithar Township, Yangon Region, was also fired for not working overtime.

"On 9.12.2022, an employee...was unable to complete overtime at 4:30 p.m...the boss of the factory fired him immediately if he could not complete overtime," said a worker at the factory...

"Dismissals for not taking OT for taking leave happened during the post-coup period. In the past, it was done like that and if the workers did not accept it, there are unions. Nowadays, jobs have become scarce. No matter how skilled [workers are], they are only hired as day laborers who do not take OT...if [workers] take leave, they start firing people. Factory owners are taking advantage of the bad politics. They only hire cheap day laborers...

Such cases of not receiving overtime pay and the dismissal of workers who did not come to work due to overtime have happened since the coup...

[Translation via Google Translate]