Labour rights activists say harassment and the unfair dismissal of workers who become actively involved in labour union activities is commonplace in Myanmar’s clothing and footwear sector.
Moreover, those who are fired for labour activity often find it difficult to find jobs at other factories, with some suspecting factories share information on workers they consider troublesome.
The practice appears to be occurring at factories supplying a range of major European brands and retailers – despite these companies having policies in place that explicitly acknowledge workers’ right to unionise.
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