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Cambodia: Support abandoned workers in their struggle for lost wages and benefits

In partnership with Workers United Canada Council, Maquila Solidarity Network and Clean Clothes Campaign. Workers United is a fighting union of 150,000 workers throughout the United States and Canada, whose members work in the apparel, textile, retail, manufacturing, distribution, laundry, hospitality, food service, fitness and social service industries.

The sudden closure of a garment factory has left 208 workers in Cambodia without jobs, salaries, or their legally owed compensation. One year later these workers, mainly women, are still fighting for justice. The factory – Chung Fai Knitwear – was making clothing for Marks & Spencer (UK), Nygård (Canada) and Bonmarché (UK). The workers have been facing a long struggle.
They stood up for their rights by preventing the owners from selling the remaining assets from the factory, through physical occupation of the factory as well as legal measures They have protested outside the Mark & Spencer office in Phnom Penh, outside the Ministry of Labour, and the court. They wrote letters to the brands pleading for help and asked for meetings. None of this helped. Now the workers, supported by trade unions and labour rights' organisations, demand that the brands take responsibility and ensure that they get their legally due payment.

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