The return of most workers can only be confirmed when factories reopen after Thingyan holidays

Garment factory workers in Yangon Region seen on a staff ferry  bus.
Garment factory workers in Yangon Region seen on a staff ferry bus.

With some workers planning to quit their jobs and go abroad, it will not be known until the factories resume operations whether the majority of workers will return to their workplaces.

“Those who have good jobs with good salaries in my factory do not want to go abroad. I don’t know about other factories. It can be different. Going abroad is up to the individual,” said a factory owner.

Since there are precedents of illegal migrant workers getting into trouble, those wishing to go abroad should try the official route, he said.

“To go abroad, a worker needs language skills, job skills, contacts and others. Some attended Japanese language courses, took the exam and went to Japan or other countries officially. We heard that some migrants who went there via close contacts have been in trouble. Some came back and got good jobs here. Because of the global village, people have been migrating,” he commented.

Most of the factories in Yangon Region will be closed until 21 April and some have arranged transport for the workers to and from their hometowns.

“Thingyan holidays will last until 21 April. They will reopen on Monday, 22 April. Some rich factories have hired private cars and sent their workers to the places closest to their homes. They will also make same arrangements for their return. Some didn’t go back to their towns and just stayed here,” he added.


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