Over 60 factories in the city of Yangon charged with violation of labour rights

YANGON region authorities took action against more than 60 factories for violation of labour rights, according to the Factories and the General Labour Laws Inspection Department.

A total of 64 factories have been charged under existing laws after authorities found that the employers of those factories broke labour related provisions.

The investigators say that many workers, especially from garment factories, were forced to work over the set time frame.

According to the amendment of the 1951 Factory Act, overtime is limited to a maximum of 2 hours per day.

Under factory rules, working hours shall not exceed 8 hours per day or 44 hours a week and it shall not exceed 48 hours per week for the work which has to be done continuously. Also, the work week shall not exceed 6 days per week.

Among those factories, over 40 plants have already been punished. Authorities are still investigating the rest of the cases, most of which occurred in the Hlaingthaya and Shwepyitha industrial zones.

Action is being taken against two garment factories in Shwelinban and Dagon (east) industrial zones in October.—200

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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