Garment workers sacked for organising in Myanmar

Over 20 garment workers lost their jobs this week when the Chinese-owned Unitedtex Overseas Co factory dismissed them for trying to unionise. A report released by Progressive Voice in December 2016 revealed that workers in the garment industry continue to be frequently exposed to unfair working conditions including being forced to work overtime, reduced break times and threat of unlawful dismissal and continuous verbal abuse. As labour organisations and trade unions struggle to fight for workers’ rights, the incentive for factory management to take advantage of workers is evident. Organising is not a crime!