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December 19, 2014

Minimum wage increase inadequate, say Cambodian unions

In response to increased pressure from Cambodian independent unions, their international supporters, and even some major apparel brands, on November 12, the Cambodian government announced it will be raising the minimum wage for garment workers from US$100 to $128 a month on January 1, 2015.


December 19, 2014

CCC Global Forum charts global labour rights agenda

On November 18-21, members of the MSN team travelled to Hong Kong to participate in the Clean Clothes Campaign's 2014 Global Forum on Strategies and Structure for the international labour rights movement.


September 19, 2014

Cambodian garment workers mobilize for $177/month minimum wage

On September 17, thousands of Cambodian garment workers took part in lunchtime protests organized by eight Cambodian unions at an estimated 139 factories around the country, demanding a $177 per month minimum wage.


June 3, 2014

Editorial: Will brands deliver on promise to help improve Cambodian workers’ wages?

On May 30, Cambodian courts ruled that 23 workers and human rights defenders arrested in January were guilty of causing violence during a massive strike for an increase in the country’s minimum wage.


June 3, 2014

Cambodian garment workers continue to mobilize despite government repression

Brutal repression by the Cambodian government has failed to deter garment workers from staging protests for a just increase in the minimum wage.


March 7, 2014

International Women's Day: Security of Cambodian garment workers in jeopardy

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, an expected 30,000 garment workers, the vast majority of whom are women, will come together in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park for a mass Forum on Labour Rights to continue their struggle for an increase in the minimum wage to US$160/month, trade union rights, and the release of 21 activists who have been held in jail since early January. Meanwhile, photos published in local newspapers just one day prior to the forum showed approximately 2,000 riot police preparing for tomorrow’s Forum.

February 12, 2014

Update on the situation of Cambodia garment workers

Much has happened in Cambodia since December of last year. A garment workers strike which began on December 24th was met with violent repression by military police leaving at least four people dead and injuring dozens of others. Since then, 23 people have been arrested with only two recently released on bail. The others remain in a notoriously isolated prison. 

February 11, 2014

Global Day of Action calls for release of 21 detained Cambodian workers

On February 10, trade union and human and labour rights organizations around the world staged demonstrations and delivered messages to Cambodian embassies calling for the release of 21 workers who are being detained for participating in a national strike for an increase in the minimum wage.

February 11, 2014

Respect Workers’ Rights in Cambodia

On behalf of 22 human rights, trade union, student, international development and community organizations from Canada and Québec, we are writing to condemn the violence perpetrated by members of the police and armed forces against striking garment workers in your country.


January 21, 2014

30 global brands call for investigation of deadly violence in Cambodia

Thirty major apparel brands, together with the global unions ITUC, IndustriALL and UNI, have signed a joint letter to Cambodia’s prime minister Hun Sen, calling on his government to launch a prompt and thorough investigation into violent events of January 2-3.