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Ceiling Collapse at Shoe Factory in Cambodia Kills 2

A ceiling at a small factory making shoes on the outskirts of the capital of Cambodia collapsed on Thursday morning, killing at least two workers and underlining global worries about factory safety in poor countries. Ken Loo, the secretary general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/world/asia/roof-collapse-at-shoe-factory-in-cambodia-kills-2.html?ref=todayspaper

Plantation manager aims to be top oud oil producer

Asia Forestry Management, an integrated plantation-management company with a focus on cultivating Aquilaria crassna, aims to become Thailand’s biggest producer of oud oil this year and Southeast Asia’s in five years. The company’s plant in Trat province will be expanded to produce 280 kilograms of ...

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Plantation-manager-aims-to-be-top-oud-oil-producer-30199911.html

NGO Says Clothing Giants Shirked Workers

A local legal aid NGO said yesterday that American retail giant Wal-Mart and Swedish clothing brand H&M have failed to take responsibility for a shuttered supplier factory in Phnom Penh that owes its workers up to $200,000 in unpaid severance payments. The Community Legal Education Center ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Garment factory worker strikes increased threefold in 2012

Strikes staged by garment and footwear factory workers more than tripled in 2012 compared to 2011, with more than 100,000 workers participating in at least one strike, an official of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said yesterday. “Historically, prior to any elections, we will see a ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Next Apparel factory sues employees for damage

Next Apparel has filed a lawsuit against its workers for damaging factory property during their ongoing strike. More than 200 workers smashed windows, bikes, cupboards, flower pots and other items in the factory last Saturday. “We demand that the court find justice for the company,” Chea Sovann ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012120560100/National-news/next-apparel-factory-sues-employees-for-damage.html

Five Arrested for Stealing Clothing in Cargo Container Heist

Five people were arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly stealing more than 8,000 articles of clothing from shipping container on its way to Phnom Penh for export to the U.S., police said. The five suspects are accused of removing the garments from the cargo container as ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Refined sugar for domestic market

Phnom Penh Sugar will begin producing white sugar this month for the Cambodian market to reduce the demand for imported sugar, according to a spokeswoman for the firm. Chheang Kemsoun, a representative of Phnom Penh Sugar, told the Post yesterday the company would produce white sugar ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012110759620/Business/refined-sugar-for-domestic-market.html

A factory’s fainting crisis

In a single factory that supplies some of the biggest international brands, faintings occurred every day for five years, a new investigation by the Cambodian Legal Education Centre has found. Until just weeks ago, when the management installed new fans, three to four garments workers were ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012110759624/National-news/a-factorys-fainting-crisis.html

Locals Lobby Ice Factory to Reduce Noise, Smell

A factory in Phnom Penh has been ordered to construct a barrier to reduce noise, and a bad smell, from ice-making machinery that runs 24 hours a day and has local residents losing sleep, district officials said. Seventy families from Russei Keo district’s Kilometer 6 ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Multiple injuries as building collapses

Questions are being asked after an unfinished factory collapsed in Kandal province yesterday, injuring 16 construction workers, some seriously. Commune chief Nou Len told the Post shoddy workmanship was to blame for the collapse of the half-finished 120 by 70 metre factory on land owned ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012082358241/National-news/collapsed-building-causes-serious-harm.html

Workers ditch factories for fields

At some point during the planting season this year, Pheap Srey Ngoun will leave her garment factory floor for a rice paddy in Cambodia’s Prey Veng province. Like many fellow garment workers she will leave her position, with permission from the factory, to lend a hand ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012072457571/Business/workers-ditch-factories-for-fields.html

Union Members Beaten During Factory Protest

Three union members were beaten by a gang of men during a protest outside a factory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district on Friday, the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (CCAWDU) said. CCAWDU members Nei Buthoeurn, Chim Khheang and Chan Poeu, were beaten by a ...

Strikers move protest to Phnom Penh

Thousands of workers from Tai Yang Enterprise, a supplier for major brands including Levis and the Gap, will move their nearly three-week-old strike from their factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district to Freedom Park in Phnom Penh tomorrow in order to bring their petition ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012071057320/National-news/strikers-move-to-phnom-penh.html

Long-Running Protest Still Without Resolution

About 2,000 workers at a factory supplying clothes to U.S. brands Levi Strauss, Gap and Old Navy were stopped by security forces yesterday as they attempted to march from Kandal province to the Ministry of Labor to protest for severance payments and additional benefits. Protests at ...

3,000 Factory Workers Block Road; Protests Set to Continue

About 3,000 workers at a factory supplying clothes to U.S. brands Levi Strauss and Old Navy blocked traffic for nearly five hours yesterday on National Road 4 in Kandal province, as part of a protest for more benefits and severance pay, protesters and police said. Protests ...

Workers Strike at Factory Supplying US Brands

Roughly 4,000 garment workers at a factory supplying clothes for U.S. brands Gap, Levi Strauss and Old Navy went on strike yesterday and threatened to march in Phnom Penh on Thursday to demonstrate against poor pay. The demonstration took place at Tai Yang Enterprises in Kandal ...

CCU threatens capital march

Cambodian Confederation of Unions president Rong Chhun threatened yesterday to lead a march of more than 3,000 striking garment workers from Kandal province to the capital on Thursday if their employer refuses to meet their demands. “[Workers] have already made commitments with me to march to ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012070357166/National-news/ccu-threatens-march.html

After brawl, workers can go

Cambodian workers seeking to leave a seafood factory in Thailand following a lethal brawl with counterparts from Myanmar were given their passports and salaries on Monday, a representative said. Phon Jam said 800 Cambodian workers at the Siam International Food Co Ltd factory in Songkhla province ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061456796/National-news/after-brawl-workers-can-go.html

Staff to Come Home After Thai Factory Brawl

Half of the of the 600 Cambodian workers at Siam International Food Co. Ltd.’s factory in Thailand are planning to return home following a mass brawl in which two workers were killed last week, a factory employee said yesterday. A Cambodian and a Burmese worker died ...

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