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S. Korean shoe factory charged over compensation dispute in Myanmar

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S. Korean shoe factory charged over compensation dispute in Myanmar

YANGON, July 26 (Xinhua) -- A shoe factory owned by a South Korean businessman was charged as it failed to pay salary for June and compensation to workers after the closure of the facility on late June, state media reported Saturday.

The Master sports factory was opened a year ago in the Hlainethaya Industrial Zone in Yangon.

The factory said in its announcement issued in early July that the closure of the factory was due to the financial problems they were facing as a result of their low-quality products, said the New Light of Myanmar.

More than 750 workers lost their jobs when the factory closed.

The factory owner will face four charges due to their failure to send notice to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security for shutting down the factory and send documents related to the salaries of workers and agreements between the employer and workers.

The factory also failed to pay salary and compensation to over 700 workers for the closure of the factory and monthly social security fees for the workers to the Social Security Board in May.

The salary for June for more than 700 workers amounts to nearly 65 million kyats (67,080 U.S. dollars) and the total compensation for the closure of the factory amounts to 130 million kyats (134, 159 U.S. dollars).

To offer a solution to the problem, several factories in the Hlinethaya Industrial Zone have offered jobs to workers of the factory following a recent meeting between officials of a relevant ministry and responsible personnel from 20 shoes factories.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140726/s-korean-shoe-factory-charged-over-compensation-dispute-myan