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ILO doubts bleak garment outlook

The International Labour Organization (ILO) yesterday cast doubt on the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia’s (GMAC) bleak outlook for the rest of 2014, after the association claimed that deadly violence sparked by wage disputes would result in clothing brands reducing future orders. Speaking from Bangkok, Maurizio ...

Daniel de Carteret
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/ilo-doubts-bleak-garment-outlook

No consensus on next move in SL drama

After the management of an embattled garment factory this week refused to follow a government order to reinstate 19 dismissed union leaders and activists, unionists and observers are at a divergence of opinion over how the state should respond. “It’s fairly unprecedented,” Dave Welsh, country director ...

Sean Teehan and Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/no-consensus-next-move-sl-drama

H&M tries exclusivity agreement

Clothing giant H&M is testing the garment production waters by entering into exclusivity agreements with factories in Cambodia and Bangladesh, according to a report from Bloomberg News yesterday. This means that Sweden-based H&M would buy all of the factory’s output. H&M, it seems, would still be ...

Daniel de Carteret
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/hm-tries-exclusivity-agreement

Fears SL strike could get ugly

Union officials fear violence that occurred at two separate rallies in front of the SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd factory last week will continue at one scheduled this morning. About 10 SL strikers were injured during demonstrations on Thursday and Friday, when uniformed and plain-clothes SL ...

Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fears-sl-strike-could-get-ugly

Brands tell GMAC to dial it down

Some of the world’s largest clothing brands have warned the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia of possible business ramifications should the factory representative continue with plans to impede labour monitoring. Thirteen major buyers, including Gap, H&M, Levi’s, Nike and Puma, have signed a letter to GMAC ...

Daniel de Carteret
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/brands-tell-gmac-dial-it-down

Strike at SL eats into profits

Because of ongoing strikes and an inability to fill orders, SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) says it is shedding cash flow as buyers shift away from one of Asia’s largest producers, factory management confirmed yesterday. International brands H&M and Gap reduced their orders, while Levi’s ceased buying ...

Daniel de Carteret
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/strike-sl-eats-profits

Hundreds fired after garment strike ends

Management at one of Asia’s largest garment producers yesterday fired at least 600 employees, days after thousands returned to work following a two-week strike. Most of the workers fired by SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd – which supplies Gap, Levi’s and H&M – were members of ...

Mom Kunthear and Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hundreds-fired-after-garment-strike-ends

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