EU provides €5 million emergency cash for Myanmar garment workers

The European Union (EU) said it will provide €5 million (K7.9 billion) in cash to support garment workers in Myanmar who have been affected by COVID-19.

The Myan Ku (Quick Assistance) emergency cash fund will go directly to cut, make, pack (CMP) workers who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19.

As of end March, over 25,000 workers from more than 40 factories have been laid off, while 350,000 are at great risk of either being suspended without pay or losing their jobs permanently, according to the EU. The industry hires up to 700,000 predominantly female workers across 600 factories.

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