CAMBODIA: Trade unions postpone garment strike
A four-day stay-at-home strike by Cambodian garment workers that had been due to start tomorrow (12 March) has now been postponed until after the Khmer New Year.
The strike has been rescheduled to take place on 17-23 April to "give the government and employers time to act on their demands" a spokesperson for IndustriAll global union told just-style.
She added: "They met this morning and came up with the decision."
Workers are protesting for higher wages and the release of 21 workers imprisoned during a government crackdown on protests in January.
Cambodia's long-running labour unrest started in December 2013 when workers demanded their US$80 monthly minimum wage be doubled. But the government only increased it to US$100, effective last month, sparking further protests.
Apparel brands and retailers sourcing from the country have also made repeated calls for a peaceful end to unrest in the garment industry
The Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) was one of the eight organisations which agreed for the strike to be delayed.
In a statement, FTUWKC said it is pushing for brands and retailers to consider paying factory workers higher wages as the factory owners are unable to pay more.
It added that it is "waiting for [a] discussion forum for negotiation between unions, workers and brands as much as possible."
Nearly 300,000 workers took part in an overtime boycott last month, causing production and shipment delays.
But Ken Loo, secretary general at the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), said he has received information that "a few of [the no-show protests] will go ahead as planned".
"We shall see tomorrow the actual situation as they have not made any official announcement or press release regarding their plans."
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