400 workers jobless after temporary closure of garment factory in Hlinethaya

Letwar Garment Factory (3) in Hlinethaya Industrial Zone (2), Yangon Region, closed temporarily on March 11 leaving about 400 workers jobless.

The factory, owned by Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association Secretary Dr Khin Maung Aye, cited severe shortages of raw materials imported by China where the coronavirus is breaking out.

“There have been few orders. We have nothing to make clothes. Our factory is also small. The coronavirus is breaking out in China. They didn’t place any order. In that country, clothing making factories closed. We can’t expect raw materials will come to our country in May, June or July. Without orders, we have to shut our factory temporarily, factory manager Tun Tun Myint told The Daily Eleven.

There are three Letwar Garment Factories and factory (3), opened just about two years ago, had to close temporarily now.

The workers were paid for two months after a notice was issued one month ahead. They also received a bonus depending on the length of their service.

“We were paid for the last month we worked. We were not rewarded for coming to the workplace regularly. I got only about Ks350,000 for two months. It will not be easy to find another job. As I moved to Yangon from another town for good, it is impossible to go back there,” said female worker Thin Myat Wai

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