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Cambodia: A rising star with a falling reputation?

Cambodia’s reputation as a standard-bearer for apparel workers’ rights is wearing thin – and yet the country is a rising star when it comes to attracting foreign investment and increasing exports. There are many reasons to deter brands and retailers from sourcing clothing in Cambodia. The Kingdom ...

http://www.just-style.com/analysis/a-rising-star-with-a-falling-reputation_id117944.aspx

Should Minimum Wage Be Market Driven or Government-Dictated?

Manufacturers and unions aligned with the ruling CPP yesterday said the current labor shortage inside the garment industry would act as an incentive for employers to increase salaries, and that there was no need for the government to impose a new minimum wage. During a meeting ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

PM urges factories to up wages

As the lure of Thailand grows increasingly attractive for cash-strapped and under-employed Cambodians, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday made a public appeal for workers to stay in the country, simultaneously urging the Cambodian market to up its competitive edge. In a speech at the inauguration of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/National/pm-urges-factories-to-up-wages.html

Cambodia Bourse Sees End to IPO Drought

Cambodia’s stock market is set for a revival early next year when initial public offerings are expected by at least four local companies, ending a drought for a bourse that has hosted just one listing since its trading debut in April. State-owned Telecom Cambodia and Sihanoukville ...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323894704578114560882515832.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

H&M slammed over wages

Criticism has mounted against Swedish multinational clothing company H&M in its home country following a documentary released last week that sheds light on wages in its source factories in Cambodia. The episode of Swedish network TV4’s Kalla Fakta, or Cold Facts, focuses mainly on Cambodian garment ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012102959442/National-news/ham-slammed-over-wages.html

Striking the right balance

The number of strikes in Cambodia’s garment industry could be set to dip and workers could be on their way to free lunches after both sides of the industry signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday. The MoU – inked by the Garment Manufacturers Association (GMAC) in ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100459107/National-news/unions-factories-deal-to-curb-walkouts.html

Court Questions Unionist on Incitement Charges

The Kandal Provincial Court yesterday questioned labor leader Rong Chhun over allegations he incited garment factory workers to stage an illegal strike, a court official said. A director at the Tai Yang garment factory in Ang Snuol district- which supplies apparel to U.S. brands Levi Strauss, ...

Mind the wage gap

Most mornings, garment worker Vicheka buys food from the street vendors outside her factory in Kampong Chhnang province. The beef and pork dishes, she says, have a tendency to give workers a stomach ache – a reputation forged long before Vicheka and her co-workers at ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092858979/National-news/mind-the-wage-gap.html

Negotiations Planned to Improve Relations in Garment Sector

Negotiations between the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) and unions over a landmark agreement aimed at reducing strike action will be held on October 3, representatives said yesterday. The original agreement on improving industrial relations in the garment sector was signed in October 2010 by ...

Cambodia gains 53 factories this year

The Cambodian government has approved 53 new garment and footwear factories, worth an estimated US$338 million, during the first half of this year, compared with 38 last year valued at $180 million, despite the increase in the number of strikes affecting the industry. Officials and industry ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012081758134/Business/cambodia-gains-53-factories-this-year.html

Garment Makers Gear Up for IPOs

Two foreign-owned garment manufacturers will submit disclosure documents to Cambodia’s capital market regulator next month, the companies’ underwriter Phnom Penh Securities Firm Plc. said yesterday. The initial public offerings for the two private companies, expected by the end of the year, should boost action on the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012062957093/Business/garment-makers-gear-up-for-ipos.html

Illegally shut factories could face penalties

Twenty-two factories that did not take the appropriate measures to shut down their businesses have 30 days in which to rectify the problem or face legal action from the government, the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) said in a public announcement yesterday The announcement ...

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