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Asics pays union-agreed compensation after collapse
by Mirjam van Heugten published 02-09-2013 last modified 02-09-2013 15:16 — filed under: , , , ,
The families of two workers killed when the roof of the Wing Star factory collapsed in May received compensation from the factory owner and the sole buyer, sportswear brand ASICS. It is the first time this calculation, set up by Bangladeshi unions, is used outside Bangladesh.
Located in News / / 09 / 02
Free the 23!
by emma published 07-02-2014 last modified 07-02-2014 16:16 — filed under: ,
Clean Clothes Campaign are joining with others around the world in a day of action calling on the Cambodian Government to immediately release the 23 men detained during wage protests at the start of 2014.
Located in News / / 02 / 07
File Letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen
by emma published 10-02-2014 last modified 10-02-2014 16:12 — filed under: ,
Joint letter with Human Rights groups regarding the detention of 23 men in Cambodia.
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Arrested union leader Vorn Pao speaks from prison
by Mirjam van Heugten published 11-03-2014 last modified 11-03-2014 10:57 — filed under: , ,
In December last year, violence against garment workers began after Cambodian unions called a national strike. Workers were demanding an increase in the minimum wage to USD 160 per month. As protests continued, the police and military responded with violence on January 2 and 3, killing at least 4 people and injuring almost 40. Among those who were arrested with violence is Vorn Pao, union leader of the Independent Democratic Informal Economy Association (IDEA). In February, he smuggled a letter out of prison.
Located in News / / 03 / 11
Attacked for standing up for their rights
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
After firing 33 workers in 2007 and illegally dismissing eight union leaders in 2010, the E-Garment factory located just outside Phnom Penh engaged in several violent and unprovoked attacks on employees who were peacefully protesting against the company’s refusal to reinstate their colleagues. After lengthy protests, an agreement was signed ensuring the rights of workers to return to their jobs and for proper compensation.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Historic settlement after months of struggle
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 last modified 28-05-2014 13:17 — filed under: ,
In late 2012 nearly 200 garment workers at the Kingsland factory in Phnom Penh were deprived of their severance pay after the factory abruptly closed its doors. To prevent the factory's assets being stripped (equipment being taken away and sold) they started a months-long vigil and protest camp in front of the factory. This resulted in a historic settlement with Walmart and H&M in March 2013.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Military Police in Garment Factory
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In May 2013, a new manager of the SL Garment factory in Phnom Penh, who was also a shareholder and military general, deployed armed military police in the factory. Unionists who protested against this intimidation were fired, and legal cases were filed against them. In response to the conditions and dismissals, workers went on strike for nearly four months, with eventual negotiations resulting in an agreement in December 2013.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
Bangladesh formula crosses borders to Cambodia
by Paul Roeland published 26-05-2014 — filed under: ,
In May 2013 the Wing Star Shoe factory, located in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital Phnom Penh collapsed. Two people died and 29 people were injured. The Clean Clothes Campaign contacted the main buyer, sportswear brand ASICS and worked together with the Worker Rights Consortium, Solidarity Center and the Community Legal Education Center to reach agreement on the compensation.
Located in Behind The Scenes / Review 2013 / Cases in 2013
by Mirjam van Heugten published 07-04-2014 last modified 19-01-2016 12:54 — filed under: , ,
The following report from March 2014 was written in response to the violent crackdown of garment workers in Phnom Penh in January 2014. It discusses the current human and labor rights crisis affecting garment workers in Cambodia; its relationship to the underlying issue of inadequate wages; the response of university licensees to the WRC’s recent communications to them on this subject; and the WRC’s recommendations for further action by licensees and other brands and retailers doing business in Cambodia.
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News Flash: Cambodian trial adjourned
by emma published 06-05-2014 last modified 06-05-2014 14:57 — filed under: , ,
The trial of 23 Cambodians who were arrested during living wage strikes in Phnom Penh in January has been postponed for a second time. The trial that was originally due to begin on April 25, resumed on May 6 only to be adjourned again. The trial is now scheduled to begin on May 20.
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