Myanmar garment workers’ rights abuse critical, says report

Myanmar garment workers’ rights have now reached critical levels under criteria set by international labour laws, a director of the Labour Rights Defenders and Promoters Daw Ei Shwe Zin Nyunt said on February 7. Her comments came as ‘The Myanmar Dilemma Report” on the condition of garment factory workers in Myanmar was released on February 7. The report was made following investigations conducted by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and Action Labor Rights, and Labour Rights Defenders and Promoters on 12 factories and 400 workers. Twelve factories located in different industrial zones in and around Yangon, Bago and Pathein and Thilawa Special Economic Zone were investigated. Of the 12, three are Myanmar-owned while the other nine factories are foreign-owned – Japanese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong, Chinese and Korean.