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27 Feb 2023

Nay Chi, Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Trade union leaders allegedly dismissed in factory ‘downsizing’ & blacklisted

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"Labor union leaders find it difficult to find work", 27 February 2023

Since the military coup, trade union leaders in factory workplaces have been fired and the workforce has been reduced, so it is said that it is difficult for those who have been trade union leaders and members…to get jobs.

Some labor union leaders were fired at garment factories in Pathein. It is said that [they are] not called to work because…[they are] listed as a union leader…

"I was involved in the downsizing of workers. I went to other factories in Pathein Industrial Zone. I didn't get a job from any of the factories. I called the others and I was rejected…Finally, I went to the HuaboTime Garment Factory. I was rejected by one of the employ[ers]. I asked an employee and they said that they were blacklisted by the Amava Apparel Garment Factory," said a former employee of the Amava Apparel Garment Factory.

Similarly, union leaders from the Myanmar Knitting wool factory; Union leaders from HuaboTime garment factory[;] Trade Union Leaders at Amava Apparel Garment Factory…

It is said that there are threats to the trade union leaders in the workplace, saying that they will not be allowed to work in any factory.

Currently, there are about 12 garment and related factories in Irrawaddy, employing about 10,000 workers.

[Translation via Google Translate]