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6 Jun 2023

Hsu Latt Phyu, Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Over 1000 garment workers at Honor Apparel factory protest for wage increase

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“More than 1,000 Honor Apparel factory workers staged a peaceful protest at the workplace for a minimum wage of 5,600 kyats”, 6 June 2023

More than 1,000 Honor Apparel factory workers are holding a peaceful demonstration today, June 6, [calling for the factory] to pay 5,600 kyats as a minimum wage and 1,400 kyats [for overtime], and to change the salary system…

The factory, which was opened in 2011, employs more than 1,000 workers, and there is no trade union in the workplace…

Among the demands, there are 18 points in total, including the appointment of day laborers as permanent workers for a certain period of time, and the overtime hours between 8pm and 11pm…

It is reported that the factory is owned by a Chinese national and manufactures brands such as SOUTHBLUE, OVS...HOUSE, HKWORKS LONDON…

"I want a fixed salary. Only 3 out of 70 workers get 300,000. The rest of the people don't have a fixed salary…Even if they have more than 10 years of experience, they don't get more than 300,000 a month. All of them are less than this. Before, they got 600,000 or 700,000…The workers' wish is that if they do what they ask for, they will go back to work…," said the protesting worker .

The demands are to change the daily wage from ticket fee to 5600 kyat and OT fee to 1400 to increase the daily wage in accordance with the law…

On the 29th, a total of three (3) demands were negotiated through the Workplace Conciliation (WCC) and there was no resolution. June On the 6th, the workers stopped work in the workplace and peacefully protested.

[Translation via Google Translate]