CAMBODIA: Brands back new talks on worker rights violations
Clothing brands and retailers including H&M, Gap and Levi Strauss are set to renew talks with the Cambodian government on Monday (26 May) over the alleged violation of worker rights in the country.
The IndustriAll Global Union, plus brands and retailers who also include Puma, Inditex, Debenhams and New Look, will meet government officials in Phnom Penh in a renewal of talks held in February this year.
But IndustriAll claims that, in the past few months, striking garment workers have been “forced” back to work by the military, workers have been summarily dismissed, and garment factories have issued lawsuits against union leaders.
“Despite assurances from the government in February, there have since been unprecedented levels of intimidation, violence and a declining respect for the rule of law, which together constitute a grave attack on union and worker rights,” said Jyrki Raina, Industriall general secretary, who will also represent the ITUC and the Uni Global Union at the talks.
“The concerted message from global unions and brands to the Cambodian government is clear: political stability and respect for human and worker rights are essential to maintaining sourcing in Cambodia.”
The renewal of talks comes after Cambodia was given the lowest possible ranking in the ITUC’s Global Rights Index for union rights abuses earlier this week.
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