Myan Mode, a garment factory on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, produces men’s jackets, women’s blazers and coats for Western fashion companies like Mango and Zara.
Three fired sewing operators, however, said the factory was taking an opportunity to punish workers engaged in union activity.
In an interview, the operators — Maung Moe, Ye Yint and Ohnmar Myint — said that of the 571 who had been dismissed, 520 had belonged to the factory’s union, one of 20 that make up the Federation of Garment Workers Myanmar.
About 700 workers who did not belong to the union kept their jobs, they said.
Myan Mode’s South Korean-based owner did not respond to requests for comment, and did not provide details about the firings.