CAMBODIA: ILO "disturbed" by crackdown on protesting workers
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has joined calls for an end to continuing violence in Cambodia, saying it is "deeply disturbed" by reports of another crackdown on protesting workers.
At least eight people were injured at a rally on Sunday (26 January), which was organised by nine unions and associations calling for the release of 23 workers arrested during strike action earlier this month.
Their detention was linked to industrial unrest over disputed minimum wage increases and claims of harassment and violence against defenders of human rights.
The ILO said it urges all parties to "refrain from further violence, and to take all steps necessary for the release of the trade union leaders and workers detained for having participated in the strike over the minimum wage."
The body also reiterated its earlier call for the Government to launch an independent inquiry to determine the circumstances of police action and the deaths, assaults and arrests of workers during strike action earlier this month.
"The inquiry should determine responsibilities and punish those responsible where appropriate, as well as outline the steps to prevent the repetition of such acts," it said.
Four demonstrators were killed in clashes between armed police and protestors in early January after garment workers went on strike as part of the minimum wage dispute.
- China tightens on corporate social responsibility
- Marks & Spencer to extend mobile phone monitoring
- Outdoor industry's future must be more inclusive
- Factoring: a lifeline for apparel suppliers?
- Responsible apparel sourcing requires teamwork
- Adidas "Reebok sale" would be admittance of defeat
- UPDATE: A&F appoints Horowitz to head Hollister
- New JC Penney CEO “credible but no solution”
- Bangladesh taps factory inspectors ahead of review
- Coats to open new zip factory in Bangladesh
- Ethiopia – the emerging textile and clothing industry
- Apparel Market in China to 2018 - Market Size, Trends, and Forecasts
- Wool in the 21st Century: new prospects for a familiar fibre
- Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2020
- Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in Vietnam