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6 May 2022

Myanmar Labour News

Myanmar: Workers at Nilar Win factory report forced & unpaid overtime, denial of social security benefits & wage deductions

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“Workers are not paid overtime pay and their social security payments are cut, but workers are not entitled to benefits, say workers”, 6 May 2022

If you miss work for one day...15,000 kyats [will be deducted] from your salary and [you] will be forced to work for free without overtime pay. Workers at the Nilar Win (2) GARMENT factory say that despite receiving a monthly social security cut, they are not receiving benefits and are being harassed and threatened by…people in the workplace…

"We have to [meet] unjust [targets]…and…we have to sew before work [if] we do not meet the standards. We have to sew without…eating because we are afraid of [the] Super[visor]," said a female worker at the factory...

In addition, the factory has deducted 15,000 kyats a day from workers' salaries…and has been threatening workers who are on strike…

"Social security contributions are paid monthly. Social security cards are not issued. Some people who have a social security card are [facing deductions] from their paycheck when they apply for medical treatment...10,000 kyat [is deducted] from their [wages].

Workers say they are forced to work overtime…but are not paid…

Workers at the Nilar Win (2) Garment factory…have demanded that workers not be forced to work overtime. Overtime…must also be paid. To receive legal benefits and security cards; Workers…want their employers to take responsibility for workplace injuries and not to use abusive or threatening language.

There are no trade unions at Nilar Win (2) Garment Garment Factory, and the main garment brand is New Look.

[Translation via Google Translate]