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Help Cambodia's garment workers, unions urge Business Secretary

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, must force British clothing companies to investigate whether garments sourced from Cambodia are made at factories with fair labour practices, the unions have warned. Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trade Union Congress, has written to Mr Cable warning that ...

Mark Leftly
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/help-cambodias-garment-workers-unions-urge-business-secretary-9644675.html

Despite Employer’s Concessions, Workers Vow to Continue Protest

Workers at the Beautiful Spring Footwear factory in Takeo province refused to end a two-day protest on Saturday after management ceded to most of their demands but refused to raise their good-attendance bonus. The factory’s roughly 1,000 workers started protesting outside the building on Friday, two ...

Mech Dara
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/despite-employers-concessions-workers-vow-to-continue-protest-61457/

Brands, international unions press Cambodian government on labor issues

Representatives from some of the world’s largest fashion brands and the leader of one of the world’s biggest union organizations met this week with Cambodian officials and local clothing manufacturers to demand better treatment and improve workplace safety for the country’s estimated 600,000 garment workers. Garment ...

Robert Carmichael
http://www.voanews.com/content/brands-international-unions-press-government-on-labor-issues/1923596.html

International union urges factories to raise wages

A major international union wants Cambodian garment workers and factory managers to return to negotiations, following meetings between international companies and officials. The IndustriALL Global Union said Tuesday that management should seriously consider a minimum wage of $160 per month, after international buyers such as Levis ...

Suy Heimkhemra
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/international-union-urges-factories-to-raise-wages/1923487.html

Cambodian officials meet with buyers from global brands on garment issues

Cambodian officials, led by Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, on Monday met with a 18-member delegation representing global brands and trade unions to discuss garment worker rights and wages. It was the second round of talks between Cambodian government officials and representatives of major brands ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-05/26/c_133363019.htm

Factories not monitoring chemicals, says ministry

Following the mass fainting of hundreds of workers at garment factories last week, an official at the Ministry of Labour has raised concerns over the control of toxic chemicals. Leng Tong, director of the Labour Ministry’s occupational health and safety department, said factories should be providing ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/factories-not-monitoring-chemicals-says-ministry

Mass faintings in Cambodia sicken over 200 garment workers

More than 200 Cambodian garment workers have been hospitalized after episodes of mass fainting at three factories this week, highlighting problems within an industry that is critical to the kingdom’s fledgling economy. The plants all make clothes for brands such as sportswear giants Puma SE and Adidas. Both ...

Aljazeera America News Staff
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/4/3/over-200-cambodiangarmentworkersfaintonthejob.html

Brands ‘failing their workers’

European mega-brands are not doing enough to ensure that the Cambodian workers who make their products receive a basic living wage, according to a report released today. Tailored Wages, an analysis of 50 of Europe’s biggest clothing brands, found that many major high-street chains are doing ...

Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/brands-%E2%80%98failing-their-workers%E2%80%99

Gov’t criticizes media coverage of strike violence

The high-ranking government officials and global clothing brand representatives who took part in a meeting in Phnom Penh on Wednesday both raised concern​s​ about the media coverage of last month’s lethal repression of a nationwide strike by garment workers and its aftermath. The meeting was called ...

Alex Willemyns And Aun Pheap
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-criticizes-media-coverage-of-strike-violence-52979/

Cambodia discusses garment issues with buyers from global brands

Cambodian Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon on Wednesday met with a delegation representing 30 global brands and global trade unions to discuss the current situation of garment sector. The delegation comprised 27 global brands including H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB, Gap Inc., Adidas, Puma, Levi ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-02/19/c_133128000.htm

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

Unionists' jailing compared with Bandith

Since her husband was arrested in June and thrown in provincial prison to await trial, Soam Chantha, 32, has given birth to a baby boy. At the same time the men have been locked up, police have failed to arrest former Bavet governor Chhouk Bandith, ...

Shane Worrell and Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unionists-jailing-compared-bandith

Former Cambodia governor jailed in absentia for shooting three factory workers

A Cambodian court sentenced a former governor in absentia to 18 months in prison for shooting three female workers at a factory supplying sportswear giant Puma, a judge said yesterday. The women, employees of Puma supplier Kaoway Sports, were wounded when someone opened fire on protesters ...

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1268733/ex-cambodian-official-convicted-absentia

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