Around 200 workers of Benoh Apparel factory staged a protest in Meanchey District of Cambodia over unpaid wages. The workers took the matter to the street and demanded compensation after they found that factory didn’t allow them to enter when they returned to work after a two-month suspension.
600 workers of the total 1,000 were told to return to work in January 2018 when Benoh Apparel suspended operations under controversial circumstances in November last year.
The factory management assured them to pay US $ 30 monthly as remuneration that time which was far less than the minimum wage of US $ 153.
Benoh Apparel is reportedly a supplier to Swedish fashion brand H&M but has not been placed on its supplier list. No comments were made on behalf of the company on the issue.
Frequent delay in payments has been a major issue for garment workers in Cambodia to deal with their day-to-day requirements. The country witnesses protests over unpaid wages frequently.
Cambodia has the image of being a provider of cheap labour for fast-fashion groups around the world. But those associated with these supplying factories struggle to stitch together a living.
Human rights violations in the form of forced overtime and poor working conditions in factories are reportedly common in garment factories in Cambodia. Various surveys reveal that garment workers in factories do get too less to live a decent life.