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The complainant claimed that factory management is assigning too many overtime working hours and that it has been going on for about two months now. According to the complainant, the workers were forced to work overtime hours. If they refused, the supervisor or someone from factory management would either threaten them to sign a warning letter or discriminate against the worker in the future (for example by assigning extra workload). On Saturdays, overtime would often start from noon to 16:30 or 18:30. Furthermore, overtime is often scheduled for the entire day on Sunday as well. During Thingyan holiday in April, the workers were made to work overtime on 3 out of the 5 holiday days, with the payment 10000 Kyat per day. Similarly, the workers were forced to work overtime on other holidays including Labour Day. Usually, 900 + 100 bonus Kyat is given for every overtime hour.
The complainant also mentioned that during the buyers' visit last week at the factory, some supervisors gave pocket money to the workers who were chosen to ask questions. They were told to give only positive answers when asked by buyers.
The factory management claimed that all overtime hours were voluntary and according to the regulations of the labour department. Documents were also shared as evidence. Furthermore, there is no case of warning letters.
Fair Wear tried to follow-up but the complainant was no longer reachable, therefore, the complaint has been closed.