Archive | Cambodia

  • US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

    US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.

  • Are apparel prices really rising?

    Just about every apparel industry commentator on the planet is constantly going on about rising cost prices. But do any of them look at what buyers are paying?

  • Activists turn fire on Walmart over Asian factories

    Detailed analysis of Walmart suppliers in India, Indonesia and Cambodia, with details of how activists think they should be better run.

  • Cambodians dispute child labour incidence in garment industry

    So few underage workers in Cambodia’s garment industry that “we can count them on our fingers,” said a minster on June 16.

  • Cambodian unions push for 38% wage rise in talks on 2016 minimum wages

    Ambitions is to take minimum to $177 from current $128

  • Striking Cambodian workers blame rival union leader for attack: 4 arrested

    Four people were arrested on May 21 over an attack on protesting workers in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district, who say a rival union leader was responsible for ordering the attack, officials and worker representatives said.

  • A sensible take on Cambodian garment wages

    It’s easy to see poor country wage arguments just from the viewpoint of buyers, workers or their supporters.

  • Cambodian garment makers accept their exports are growing.

    Cambodia saw an 11% year on year rise in the US dollar value of exports in the first quarter of 2015, its Ministry of Commerce announced on May 13. 

  • Confusion over Cambodian trade data shows Cambodians’ poor understanding of their customers

    Cambodia’s Commerce Ministry said in early March the US dollar value of its 2014 apparel exports had grown 4%. GMAC attacked this data, saying it thought exports had fallen.

  • Marks & Spencer and Fast Retailing show differing reactions to Human Rights Watch Cambodia labour abuse claims

    M&S says it has “not been presented with any evidence to support” Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims of rights abuses in the Cambodian factories it uses.

  • GMAC accuses activists of exerting “inappropriate pressure” on buyers

    The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said on April 1 that the Worker Rights Consortium was “imposing inappropriate pressure on the international brands and retailers sourcing from Cambodia,” in writing to them complaining GMAC was persecuting unions.

  • Currency instabilities worry everyone

    The Indonesian rupiah has devalued 16% against the US dollar in the past year. Which is worrying Indonesian retailers. 

  • Cambodian garment unions claim child labour is deliberately used to undermine unions

    Having “almost no one aged over 25 at this factory”  is good for the company, because “young women are afraid to organize a union and don’t have children,” said Ath Thorn, Ath Thorn, president of the Cambodian Labour Confederation.

  • H&M says it will ban short-term labour contracts after HRW report on Cambodian workers’ rights

    H&M said on March 12, in response to labour abuse allegations by Human Rights Watch in one of its Cambodian factories, that it would “revise our contract requirements” so that “Suppliers that employ workers over two years on fixed duration contracts will be seen as being in violation of our code of conduct requirements.”

  • Human Rights Watch attacks Cambodian labour abuses – but won’t say where they are

    New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) launched a highly critical report on March 12 about labour abuses in the Cambodian garment industry. But, though it specifically attacked alleged abuses in factories working for H&M, Gap, M&S and Joe Fresh, it declined to reveal the names of the factories.