Cambodian government face worldwide protest for jailing workers

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World wide protests against Cambodian government jailing of workers

The Cambodian government will come under mounting international pressure over its jailing of 23 garment workers, with worldwide protests planned tomorrow.

Trades unionists and human rights activists will lay siege to Cambodian embassies in dozens of countries calling for justice for workers in the country.

23 garment workers and human rights activists, were imprisoned in early January after a brutal police crackdown on demonstrators, leaving 4 people dead and 39 injured.

Union bodies IndustriALL, UNI and ITUC along with major clothing brands have already sent an open letter to the Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, demanding he investigate the killings and honour a commitment to take concrete steps to establish a minimum wage.

Cambodia’s low wages and government incentives for businesses have seen a boom in the textile industry worth some 5 billion US dollars per year, while living standards for workers have stagnated.

Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian, Founder and Secretary General Pakistan Labour Federation, said the PLF expressed solidarity with the jailed trade unionists and urged the Cambodian government to see reason.

Cambodia’s £3bn garment industry employs more than 500,000 garment workers with textiles making up 80% of the country’s exports.

– The PLF is affiliated to World Federation of Trade Unionists (WFTU)

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