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Daw Myo Myo Aye, leader of the STUM Union, is released from prison, but the threat to trade unionists and workers in Myanmar remains high

Published: December 1, 2021

After six months of detainment in Myanmar’s notorious, Covid-ridden Insein prison,[1] Daw Myo Myo Aye, leader of the Solidarity Trade Union of Myanmar, was released and reunited with her family along with 5,000 other political prisoners on October 21, 2021. Among those released alongside Myo Myo were three workers from Xing Jia Footwear, whose only…

Honeys Garment Industry Ltd.

Published: December 1, 2021

From August through November 2019, the Worker Rights Consortium (“WRC”) conducted an assessment of working conditions and labor practices at the Honeys Garment and Honeys Garment Industry Ltd. apparel factories in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). Both factories are owned by Honeys Holdings Co. Ltd. (“Honeys Holdings”), a Japanese online retailer, and are located in Mingaladon Township,…

The Unequal Impacts of Covid-19 on Global Garment Supply Chains

Published: June 21, 2021

This report documents deteriorating living and working conditions for workers in garment supply chains, including a surge in vulnerability to forced labour, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

We find that garment workers’ labour and living conditions have severely worsened during the pandemic and workers are experiencing severe economic hardship and labour abuse. Across all four of our case study countries, workers have experienced sharp declines in earnings and working conditions, including increased vulnerability to key indicators of forced labour. These dynamics are evident for workers who have remained in the same jobs with no change in their employment status, as well for those who have had their contracts terminated amidst the pandemic and found new jobs; which have often involved worse working conditions and lower pay compared to their pre-pandemic employment. These patterns varied across case study country; individual level factors such as age, gender, race and ethnicity, union affiliation, migration and employment status; and commercial dynamics in supply chains.