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Damco expands operations

Alongside growing Cambodian exports, Danish logistics company Damco opened a second CFS warehouse facility in Phnom Penh yesterday. The 10,500-square-metre facility, on National Road 4, brings the company’s total warehousing capacity in Cambodia to 16,500 square metres. ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013040564905/Business/damco-expands-operations.html

Need for more transparency

GREATER transparency along the garment supply chain, from producers to buyers, is required in order to strengthen the accountability of retailers, factories and governments in protecting the rights of workers, Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said yesterday. Speaking in Phnom ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013022861656/Business/need-for-more-transparency.html

Rival unions’ workers displeased with pact

More than 100 Free Trade Union of Cambodia supporters gathered in front of the union’s office to express their discontent with a deal struck between the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union and their employer, Puma supplier Thai Pore Garment Manufacturing, FTU officials said ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012071757454/National-news/rival-unions-workers-displeased-with-pact.html

Puma Factory Reaps Rewards Of Paying for Workers’ Meals

A factory supplying shoes for German sports brand Puma has experienced no mass faintings and seen overall productivity improve since it started providing meals to its workers last year, a Puma representative and a factory official said yesterday. Workers at Huey Chuen (Cambodia) Corp. Ltd. in ...

Brands proving free lunches might exist

Major international garment and shoe brands have expressed interest in funding a food program that would feed Cambodian factory workers lunches in an effort to improve health and productivity, a labour advocate said on Wednesday. Dave Welsh, country director of the American Center for International Labor ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012051856238/National-news/brands-proving-free-lunches-might-exist.html

SEZ Shooting Victims Called for Questioning

The Svay Rieng Provincial Court has issued summonses to question three women who were allegedly shot by a government official during a protest at a special economic zone (SEZ) in February, a court official and the plaintiffs said yesterday. About 20 eyewitnesses have already been questioned ...

Puma wants facts behind governor's charge

German sportswear brand Puma is seeking information on why the Svay Rieng Provincial Court decided to charge former Bavet City Governor Chhouk Bundith with causing unintentional injuries, a Puma representative said yesterday. Mr Bundith is the sole suspect in a shooting in Bavet City on February ...

Shooting suspect a governor no more

Triple-shooting suspect Chhouk Bandith has been sacked as Bavet town governor to prevent him from interfering in court proceedings, the Svay Rieng deputy provincial governor said yesterday. The high-profile suspect is accused of shooting three garment factory workers at a protest outside the Kaoway Sports Ltd ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030954953/National-news/shooting-suspect-a-governor-no-more.html

UN labour agency troubled by Cambodia's failure to arrest gunman

The United Nations‘ labour agency said Tuesday international buyers were “extremely concerned” at Cambodia‘s failure to arrest the suspect in last month‘s shootings of three garment workers at a subcontractor for German sportswear firm PUMA SE. Jill Tucker, technical advisor to the International Labour Organization, said ...

http://en.europeonline-magazine.eu/un-labour-agency-troubled-by-cambodias-failure-to-arrest-gunman_195278.html

Bavet governor implicated

Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith is the man who gunned down three unarmed women at a protest last week, Interior Minister Sar Kheng alleged yesterday, saying an official complaint had been filed against him. Outside an unrelated conference, the minister told reporters the governor would ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030254828/National-news/bavet-governor-implicated.html

Governor Arrested as Shooting Suspect

The governor of a city in southeastern Cambodia was arrested Friday in connection with a shooting that left three workers hospitalized as they took part in protests for better labor conditions at a sportswear factory that supplies goods to German sportswear giant PUMA. Moeun Tola, head ...

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/shooting-03022012172935.html

CCTV shooting footage reviewed

Security footage of a shooting outside a shoe factory on Monday that left three protestors in hospital has been reviewed by police, the head of the special economic zone where the incident took place said yesterday. The three women were shot at a violent protest of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012022454709/National-news/cctv-shooting-footage-reviewed.html

Puma officials go to Cambodia after factory shooting

German sportwear maker Puma sent officials to investigate working conditions in Cambodia after a local woman working for one of its suppliers was shot during a labour protest on Monday. The woman, who was employed by Kaoway Sports, was shot during a protest by employees of ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/23/puma-cambodia-idUSL5E8DN8S820120223

Fear, rumours in wake of shooting

Speculation is bubbling in Bavet town over the identity of the man who shot three people protesting outside a shoe factory on Monday, with eyewitnesses, police and villagers suggesting blame lies with town officials. The shooting, which took place outside the Kaoway Sports Ltd factory ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012022354684/National-news/fear-rumours-in-wake-of-shooting.html

Baffling Mass Faintings in Cambodia

It sounds like something from a Victorian novel – hundreds of young women falling, en masse, into a swoon. But this phenomenon has become a bafflingly common occurrence in modern-day Cambodia. The incidents have been limited to women working in a small number of the country’s ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14897130

Country’s Buyers Discuss Faintings, Union Law

Multiple government ministries and the International Labor organization will form a group to investigate the mass fainting that have plagued Cambodia’s garment industry over the past several months, Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh said yesterday. There have been at least 15 mass fainting since the beginning ...

Labour draft law revamped

The government has dropped controversial criminal penalties targeting unionists in its latest draft of the union law, Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh said yesterday. Addressing a meeting of representatives of international apparel brands, including Nike, Adidas and PUMA, unions, government officials and the International Labour Organisation, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011090751499/National-news/labour-draft-law-revamped.html

Big brands talk labour rights

The biggest names in the apparel industry, including Nike, Puma and Gap, would meet today with officials from the Ministry of Labour to discuss issues plaguing the Cambodian garment manufacturing industry, such as mass fainting and contractual disputes, labour activists said yesterday.  Dave Welsh, country ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011090651477/National-news/big-brands-talk-labour-rights.html

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