Yangon, June (5)

After the military takeover, the garment workers are being exploited by their owners along with the military council, labor activists told Than Lwin Times.

 Workers across the country have not been paid in full since the military coup. The workers are not receiving overtime pay and are subjected to forced labor in the workplace, the worst of which is the loss of medical and maternity leave.

Among them, the rights of workers in garment factories in Yangon Region are being severely violated.

If workers complained, employers threatened to contact the military, according to Daw Khaing Zar Aung, leader of the Myanmar Industrial Workers’ Federation.

“According to reports, the salaries and regulations for workers in many factories have changed. If you accept it, keep working. If not, go and complain to wherever you like. Do not protest. There are threats that the army will be called in if there is a protest,” she said.

For the time being, workers have to work at least 12 hours a day. On Sundays, the employers asked them to work.

They were physically assaulted or sexually abused if they did not finish their work.

On the other hand, the workers complained to the military council about the violation of their rights, but they did not help.

Nearly 2 million workers lost their jobs across Myanmar as a result of military coup, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).

News – Than Lwin Times

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