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Workers forced to work overtime without being paid at the ZARA brand manufacturing factory, don’t get benefits either

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By Hsu Latt Phyu -  Nov 03, 2023

Garment factory workers of Kamcaine MFG (Myanmar) Co,LTD which manufacture ZARA clothing said that they are being forced to work overtime at night for free without overtime and labor rights are being violated.

The workers said that the Kamcaine MFG (Myanmar) Co., Ltd. factory was located at U Yay Paw Road, Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zone 2 and is owned by a Chinese national and operates with around 600 workers.

The worker said that the working hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and they also have to work from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at night but not being paid overtime wages.

In addition, they said that they don’t get any benefits such as medical and causal leaves which are entitled in the labour law and if they misses a day due to any reason will be deducted daily wages of 5,600 MMK, attendance bonus of 20,000 MMK and a total of 25,600 MMK.

"The workers suffer here. Legal benefits are mandatorily according to the law, but we can't even get this," the worker said.

In addition, he said that the request for records in the workplace from 280 to 350 pieces of fabric for a cavity more than where 40 people work. If the requested record is not met, they have to refund the money back to the employer, they said.

"The machine line that doesn't get the daily standard has to refund the money to the employer. Before, the supers had to pay it back, but now the workers have to pay it together. Some of them have to pay 80,000 MMK and some up to 100,000 MMK" explained the worker.

Due to these conditions, the workers are desperately trying to close the record even without drinking water or going to the toilet, and the supers force them by screaming, slandering and intimidating to make the record hit.

"We have to sew desperately without even drinking water. We are told unbearably. We suffer every day. The Chinese will call the whole line if fabrics haven’t finished. As there is no other choice, so we have to endure it," said the worker.

The worker said that not only they are not entitled to the legal benefits of the law in the workplace, but also unfairly pay in clothing, day laborers are also hired and they are being discriminated against. 

The workers said that they would like to appeal to provide benefits if overtime is appointed, to be correct in giving more clothing bonus to pay for overtime, and not to be biased, not to ask for impossible records and not to cut money if the standards are not met and to make the toilets in the workplace healthy.


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