Garment manufacturers say the aftermath of a military coup in Burma has led to a sharp rise in fuel prices and a sharp rise in fuel prices, making it difficult for the garment industry to survive.
In Rangoon, the power supply is out of order and in some places it comes back for 4 hours and up for 6 hours.
Thus, along with the problem of prolonged power outages, rising oil prices have made it difficult for the garment industry to survive.
A garment manufacturer with thousands of garment workers said: “We have heard a lot of reports that some of them will not be able to stand on their own. We can see it in practice. With less electricity, we have no choice but to use generators. I have to use it. On the other hand, I do not complain to myself at this time because of the rising oil prices. Because it is equal to the masses. You only have to save what you have to save to save space where you can save. We still have orders. Even so, our income is the worker’s salary. It is not convenient to burn that money for fuel. So it will not be easy to move forward if both electricity and diesel continue at the same time, ”he told DVB.
Similarly, a garment manufacturer with hundreds of garment workers said, “We have to buy diesel and run our own business because the fire is not right. The price of diesel is high now, which is a problem. For this, we are calling for applications from the Garment Association to sell at a special price. I do not know how it will come. We have also submitted an application. Last week. At the moment, we are buying at the outside price and the machines are running. Electricity is currently available for four to six hours a day. “There are rumors that the power will be cut off from the 12th to the 18th. We do not know how much time we will have when the power is turned on.”
Before the military coup in Burma in 2021. As of February 1, there were about 700,000 garment workers in Burma’s garment sector, most of them young women supporting rural families.
However, the International Labor Organization (ILO) says more than 250,000 jobs were lost in the first half of the military coup, and that more than half of those still working were facing cuts.