FGWM to help govt take action against errant factories

The Federation of Garment Workers Myanmar will help the government take legal action against garment factory owners who re-opened their factories before COVID-19 inspections were conducted at their premises, said Ma Moe Sandar Myint, acting person in charge of the federation.

“About 80 factories have re-opened so far, and two are under our federation. We’ve made a list of those owners who failed to obey the official rules, and we’ll continue to help the government in taking action against them,” she said.

All Myanmar factories were instructed to close from April 20 to 30 for inspections by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, Ministry of Health and Sports and other relevant groups. They will be allowed to reopen after passing inspections for COVID-19 purposes.

There are 6,632 factories and workshops with more than 680,000 workers in Yangon Region.

The government will take legal action against those who failed to follow the rules under the Natural Disaster Management Law.

While most factories complied with the regulations to close their factories for the inspection period, many did so without compensating their workers.

In its instructions, the government did not specify whether the owners are required to pay their workers during the period in which they are obliged to close. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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