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Cambodia: Urging garment manufacturers to respect workers’ rights
Author: Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO), Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Published on: 16 January 2014
In a joint open letter sent today, FIDH and its member organisations in Cambodia, LICADHO and ADHOC, call on the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) to refrain from supporting in any way violent repression or retaliatory measures against striking workers and to meaningfully address workers’ demands...We are very disturbed by statements reportedly made by you and other GMAC representatives that condoned the authorities’ use of lethal force against striking workers...Garment factories in Svay Rieng Province’s Manhattan Special Economic Zone have fired or suspended at least 50 workers and are pursuing legal action against others for participating in a strike to demand an increase in the minimum wage at the end of December...In sum, FIDH, ADHOC and LICADHO urge you to:  refrain from supporting in any way violent repression or any other retaliatory measures against striking workers;  ask GMAC affiliates to withdraw damage lawsuits filed against trade unions involved in the strikes;  ask for the reinstatement of the suspended workers;  address the dire economic conditions of the garment workers in Cambodia by engaging in meaningful negotiations with trade unions and by addressing workers’ demands, including the need for an adequate wage that guarantees workers’ access to an adequate standard of living.