Burma becoming a new garment production hub

A new report detailing how Burma’s political and economic integration with the global capitalist system is leading to a huge expansion in its garment sector. There are at least 350 garment factories in Burma and like the other major garment centres of the world such as Cambodia and Bangladesh, conditions are extremely harsh for workers. The garment sector is renowned for its global ‘Race to the Bottom’ in its search for the lowest possible costs and highest profits. The report documents how workers regularly work 6 days a week, 10 hours a day, often in cramped, noisy and dusty conditions. Labour organising is routinely suppressed through threats of or actual dismissals.