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Campaigners set to protest in London tomorrow over Cambodia strikes

Campaigners are to stage a protest outside the Cambodian embassy in London tomorrow to demand an end to the country’s repression of garment workers’ strikes which led to four people being killed by military police last week.

Workers’ rights, anti-poverty and student groups are also seeking to demand unions’ right to strike and an increase in the minimum wage, the issue that triggered the workers’ protests.

The Cambodian garment workers’ strike began on 24 December, after the government said the minimum wage would increase by £9 to £60 a month, short of workers’ demands for a living wage of £100 ($160) a month.

The garment industry in Cambodia employs 700,000 people and produces clothes for retailers such as H&M, Gap, Marks & Spencer and Tesco.

Sam Maher of campaign group Labour Behind the Label, said: “These strikes were the last resort for workers whose legitimate demands for a higher minimum wage have been consistently ignored by the employers and brands alike. Workers in Cambodian garment factories face economic violence on a daily basis and are prisoners of a system that they cannot escape. This violence must also end.”

 

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