Retailers Back Minimum Wage Protests in Cambodia

Retailers Back Minimum Wage Protests in Cambodia

Good news – Following the Cambodian garment workers day of action last Wednesday, H&M, Zara, Primark and five more brands are raising the minimum wage. Demonstrations took place in the capital, where thousands of workers took to the streets demanding their £62 a month, to be almost doubled to £110.The eight retailers have written to the Cambodian Government and the chairman of the local Garment Manufacturers Association, stating that they are prepared to pay higher wages to those involved in their supply chain. They also mentioned that they’d like to see more cooperation with trade unions.

“Workers in all production countries have the right to a fair living Cambodian Protestorswage,”. Our purchasing practices will enable payment of a fair living wage and increased wages will be reflected in our prices.”

In January, worker’s voices were left unheard when police action turned violent, leading to the death of several strikers, but thankfully this time, using peaceful protest and strength in numbers, their actions have not been in vain.

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