UK high-street mogul Philip Green has rebuffed accusations that a Cambodian factory his stores source from abuses worker's rights.

Green said he found "no issues" giving him cause for concern at the Fortune Garments factory, which has been at the centre of investigations by workers' rights campaigner Labour Behind The Label (LBL) and The Observer newspaper. 

Union leaders have said the factory's healthy and safety conditions are concerning, while wages are at 'poverty level'.

In an exposé in The Observer newspaper, factory workers claimed they were paid a meagre US$50-60 per month and were forced to work in hazardous conditions.

Retailers Next and Debenhams, who both source from the factory, responded by saying they had formerly acted to improve conditions there and were taking the new accusations seriously.

Next said in a statement: "We started using this factory in June 2003 and were first made aware in June 2005 of ... allegations ... and have actively worked with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and other retailers in investigating these and setting about improving working conditions in the factory.

"Audits have been carried out by our Code of Practice team in August 2005 and ... recommendations were made and we understand that the majority of those have been implemented."

Debenhams, meanwhile, said it had thought issues were resolved, but had been alerted to new problems which it was "now working to resolve".

Green, however, whose empire includes stores such as Topshop, Wallis and Bhs, said he had studied paperwork to see if there were any issues needing attending to, but had found none.

LBL said in response: "Green's dismissal of the problems and apparent reliance on paperwork and audits demonstrates that his companies are stuck in a 'damage limitation' model designed to safeguard their public image, rather than displaying any commitment to improve working conditions in their supply chains. 

"It further shows that Green's standards for what constitutes "grounds for concern" are much lower than those of his high-street rivals."

Martin Hearson, campaign coordinator of Labour Behind The Label, told just-style that it was targeting Green's retail group Arcadia at the moment, adding it was a company that didn't engage with campaigns, showing "a lack of communication and cooperation with trade unions".

Hearson added: "Philip Green is a very difficult person to communicate with. Arcadia is hard to talk to and doesn't commit. As soon as a campaign stops, he loses interest."