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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.

Cambodia compliance improves but challenges remain 6 Jul 2016

Transparent reporting of garment factory compliance in Cambodia is contributing to better conditions for workers, a new study has found – although the top compliance issues remain ongoing.

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Cambodia defiant amid looming loss of EU trade benefits 9 Oct 2018

Cambodia's Prime Minister, Hun Sen, has taken a defensive stance after the European Commission launched a procedure to withdraw the country's preferential access to duty-free trade benefits over human and labour rights violations.

Cambodia garment workers to get 7% wage hike 9 Oct 2018

Garment and footwear workers in Cambodia will see monthly wages increase by 7% to US$182 from the beginning of next year, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.

Cambodia H1 garment exports reach two-year high 8 Oct 2018

Cambodia saw its garment, travel goods, and footwear exports increase 16.1% year-on-year during the first half of 2018 – reaching a two-year high.

Cambodia hit with EU trade sanctions, Myanmar may follow 5 Oct 2018

The European Commission has launched a procedure to withdraw Cambodia's access to the Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade programme, and is considering the same for Myanmar over human rights violations in both countries.

PVH, zLabels latest to join ACT living wage initiative 26 Sep 2018

Apparel giant PVH Corp and German fashion firm zLabels are the latest to join the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) initiative aimed at achieving living wages for workers in the global garment and textile industry.

Young workers in Cambodia commit to union building 24 Sep 2018

A workshop in Cambodia has seen 35 young workers in the country's textile, garment, shoes, and leather industries discuss how to increase young workers' participation in trade unions.

Overtime up in line with garment worker pay in Cambodia 11 Sep 2018

As talks get underway to set a new minimum wage for Cambodian garment workers in 2019, new research suggests that far from weighing on employers' ability to pay overtime, an increase in the base wage appears to go hand-in-hand with longer working hours.

Cambodia PM warns on "unreasonable" wage hike 3 Sep 2018

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned an "unreasonable" increase in the minimum wage could drive companies into bankruptcy and out of the country.

Garment unions debate Cambodia and Myanmar wages 29 Aug 2018

Workshops held in Cambodia and Myanmar have seen garment union members meet in a bid to develop and agree on joint demands and strategy for national sectoral bargaining in the apparel and footwear sector.

Cambodia H1 garment exports see double-digit growth 26 Jul 2018

Cambodia saw its garment and footwear exports increase 11% in the first six months of this year, new figures show.