CAMBODIA: Deal agreed to end SL Garment factory strike
A deal appears to have been reached to end a three-month long strike at SL Garment Processing, after management and workers agreed terms to bring the dispute to a close.
The workers have been on strike since August over demands for improved working conditions and the removal of a newly appointed manager.
But a statement from the Singapore-owned company, which produces clothing for apparel retailers including Gap Inc and H&M and employs around 5,000 local workers, says an agreement has now been reached that will enable all workers to return.
Terms include the re-hiring of 19 previously fired union representatives and the removal of shareholder Meas Sotha, who allegedly hired military police officers to guard the premises so workers could not strike.
The factory also agreed to allow workers to continue working three shifts instead of a proposed two, adding that workers would be paid half of their salaries for the days when they took part in demonstrations. With the total estimated to reach US$1m, SL Garment said it is unable to find this amount, but that labour groups would negotiate with garment buyers to pay these salaries.
Workers are due to resume their normal shifts from today (4 December) although a two-week extension has been given to those who have to return from villages far from Phnom Penh.
However, it remains to be seen whether the dispute really has come to an end, since numerous court orders issued over the past few months were unable to quell the increasingly violent unrest.
Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in Cambodia
The clothing industry in Cambodia has expanded rapidly since the mid-1990s and has become the largest manufacturing sector in the country. Exports have risen sharply in recent years, and by 2012 combi...read more
The Gap, Inc. - Strategy and SWOT Report, is a source of comprehensive company data and information. The report covers the company’s structure, operation, SWOT analysis, product and service offerings ...
The Gap, Inc. - SWOT, Strategy and Corporate Finance Report, is a source of comprehensive company data and information. The report covers the company’s structure, operation, SWOT analysis, product and...
Canadean's "The Gap, Inc. : Retail - Company Profile, SWOT & Financial Report" contains in depth information and data about the company and its operations. The profile contains a company overview, key...
- PSF 2014: No one size fits all in apparel sourcing
- PSF 2014: Shifting focus from cost to consumer
- Garment manufacturers eye Myanmar outsourcing
- Teen retail being rocked by fast fashion headwinds
- Bangladesh industry development moving backwards
- Adidas China supplier in discussions over strike
- Gap issues mirror widespread industry challenges
- Bangladesh PM asks clothing buyers to pay more
- H&M "pushing the process" on sustainable fashion
- Adidas plans mobile phone hotline at all suppliers
- Ethiopia – the emerging textile and clothing industry
- Antimicrobial fibres, fabrics and apparel: innovative weapons against infection
- Trade and trade policy: clothing imports, consumer expenditure and trends in five emerging markets: Brazil, Colombia, India, Kazakhstan and Peru, 4th quarter 2013
- Sustainable Textiles for Apparel: Fact, Fiction and Future Prospects
- Jeans in Italy