Premier Coffee reportedly agrees to workers’ back pay

Premier Coffee reportedly agrees to workers’ back pay

A Rangoon-based coffee producer has apparently agreed to pay backdated holiday pay and overtime to its factory workers after falling foul of Burma’s Factories and General Labor Laws Investigation Department (FGLLID).

“The Premier Coffee Company has now agreed to backdate its outstanding wages to the workers,” said deputy-director of the FGLLID, Chit Paw.

He said the FGLLID had filed a suit against the coffee-maker at Hlaing Township Court on 28 June.

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Speaking to DVB today, Chit Paw said, “Yesterday, the company contacted me and said they agreed to pay the workers. They are now making the appropriate calculations. I don’t know when they will pay. The case is still with the court; it has not yet been withdrawn.”

DVB has learnt that Premier Coffee Company is due to make payouts of more than 52.5 million kyat (US$45,000) to about 300 workers.

Chit Paw said the company was sued for not paying overtime under the 1951 Factories Act, Article 85; and for not allowing holidays or days of leave as per the 1951 Leave and Holiday Act, Article 14(1).

 

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