Monday, 13 January 2014

Under attack by government and employers, Cambodian garment workers need your support

An imporatant and timely appeal from our friends at the Maquila Solidarity Network:

On January 3, military police fired on Cambodian garment workers demonstrating for a decent minimum wage, killing at least four and wounding dozens more.

Over 20 activists have since been detained in a maximum security prison and some have been beaten, public assemblies have been banned in Phnom Penn, summonses have been issued for several union leaders, and there are fears that they will face charges for their participation in the strike.

Although the repression has forced the unions to call off the strike for the time being, there may be a resumption of protests in the future.

We urge you to respond to the call for action from the Global Unions, Cambodian unions and Workers United, by signing a LabourStart message of support for the Cambodian workers.

MSN has been collaborating with Workers United, the Clean Clothes Campaign and others in North America, Europe and Cambodia on efforts to convince major apparel brands to speak out against the repression and for a resumption of good-faith negotiations for a decent minimum wage.

A joint statement was released to the media today which you can access here.

For more information on the situation in Cambodia, visit LICADHO: Cambodian League forthe Promotion and Defense of Human Rights or the Cambodian Community Legal Education Center.


Maquila Solidarity Network
606 Shaw St.
Toronto, ON M6G 3L6

416 532-8584

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