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Mass termination of workers sends shock waves across Cambodian garment factories

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

12-January-2019  |  1 min read

Cambodian garment factory
Image Courtesy: phnompenhpost.com

The sacking of nearly 1,200 garment workers following a mass strike has send shock waves across all garment firms in Cambodia.

These workers were producing goods for renowned global brands like Marks & Spencer and H&M.

Last week, several garment workers went on strike in Phnom Penh and nearby areas after they feared that factory bosses were devising plans to evade a Government order to pay and backpay bonuses based on length of employment.

Besides, some workers said that the management of one of the factories even tried to replace their ID cards and forced them to sign new contracts so as to wipe out accrued benefits.

After the strikes were found to be illegal by the court, the workers were instructed to get back to their work. Reportedly, about 1,200 workers who refused to call off the strike had their contracts torn up.

This mass sacking has yet again generated fear among workers with regard to job security. “It instills fear among industry workers, especially those who have limited knowledge of the law,” substantiated Khun Tharo, Program Coordinator, The Center for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights.

If workers are not properly educated about new rules, the Cambodia garment industry could be heading towards another major labour unrest.