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New Cambodia seniority payments cause controversy 15 Jul 2019

Garment industry associations in Cambodia are accusing factory owners of dismissing experienced workers without paying due compensation, claiming this is a breach of recently introduced legally mandated seniority payments.


Public reporting continues to improve Cambodia factories 23 Feb 2018

Publicly reporting critical issues in Cambodia’s garment factories is continuing to drive positive change, according to the latest report on working conditions in the country’s clothing sector, with almost half of factories now in compliance with all critical issues.


Cambodia clothing sector faces up to skills gap 17 May 2017

Cambodia's apparel industry – of critical importance to its national economy – is struggling to retain experienced workers, which means the sector is facing a chronic skills shortage.


Cambodia garment sector faces ongoing challenges 12 Sep 2016

At first glance, Cambodia's garment sector is doing fine. ANZ Bank recently predicted 7.2% GDP growth in 2016, mainly fuelled by rising clothing exports. And just-released data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) points to a 14.7% jump in the country's clothing shipments to US$1.605bn during the first quarter of this year. But dig deeper, and it seems the overall situation of the Cambodian garment industry is less optimistic.


Cambodia worker wages threatened by low garment prices 7 Sep 2016

As annual discussions get underway in Cambodia on a new minimum wage for garment workers, a new report warns significant further wage increases will be hard to achieve unless higher prices are paid by retailers and brands.

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Cambodia garment industry urges EU to maintain EBA trade benefits 19 Aug 2019

The group that represents garment manufacturers in Cambodia is calling on the European Union (EU) to maintain the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme, noting a suspension will result in "significant" job losses in the country's garment and footwear industries.


Cambodia footwear sector could outpace clothing 16 Aug 2019

Cambodia's footwear sector has the potential to offer more investment and production opportunities than the garment sector, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).


Cambodia strikes hurt investment as EBA loss looms 30 Jul 2019

Cambodia’s garment and footwear manufacturers have been warned that a recent increase in "illegal" strikes is hurting the sector and could lead to a loss of confidence from buyers, at a time when the country risks losing the European Union (EU) ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) trade benefits.


Cambodia social and labour compliance project extended 17 Jul 2019

Cambodia's Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has signed an MoU with German development organisation Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to extend an initiative aimed at achieving sustainable growth in the country's textile and garment sector.


EU monitoring mission assesses Cambodia human rights 21 Jun 2019

The European Union (EU) has sent a monitoring mission to Cambodia to assess the human and labour rights situation in the country as part of the process to decide whether to end its access to the Everything But Arms (EBA) duty-free trade benefit.


Cambodia workers urge EU not to pull trade benefit 30 May 2019

Nearly 250,000 garment and footwear manufacturing workers could be left jobless, and the livelihoods of 3m and their families affected, if the EU proceeds with threats to pull Cambodia's access to the Everything but Arms duty-free trade benefit, according to a global campaign launched on behalf of Cambodian workers.


Buyers again urge action on Cambodia human rights 8 May 2019

Global brands including Nike, Gap Inc, Levi Strauss and Under Armour are again urging the Cambodian government to address criticism of its human rights record or risk losing international trade benefits.


China to help Cambodia if EU pulls trade benefit 1 May 2019

China has promised to help Cambodia should the European Union press forward with plans to pull the Everything but Arms trade benefit under which the Southeast Asian nation enjoys duty-free access to the EU market, according to Cambodian prime minister Samdech Hun Sen.


Better Factories Cambodia sees benefit of good OSH 30 Apr 2019

As new data released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows some 2.78m workers die from occupational accidents and work-related diseases every year, the agency's Better Work programme is calling for safe and healthy working conditions across the garment industry.


World Bank warns Cambodia growth could slow on trade benefit loss 25 Apr 2019

Economic growth in Cambodia accelerated during 2018 – driven primarily by increased garment exports – but the World Bank has warned this momentum could slow as a result of heightened uncertainty over the loss of preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms scheme.