As Easter fast approaches and my challenge comes to an end I think that I’m actually going to miss it! Not only because I have learned that my wardrobe is filled with lots of unnecessary clothes, but also because my awareness of the people who make the clothes has been raised and they are never far from my mind.
I think that it is reasonable to expect that the garment workers should earn a living wage and work in factories that meet health and safety standards. Workers continue to suffer so it is really fantastic when there is some good news to rejoice about.
Workers from the Kingsland factory in Cambodia have won an historic settlement after months of protest over unpaid wages.
Walmart & H&M suppliers have agreed to a settlement of US$205,000 for around 160 workers who were left with unpaid wages and no severance pay when factory owners shut the doors late last year.
“When we heard the news, we all shouted. We were so happy,” said Or Sokuong, one of the workers who have been camping outside the factory since 3 January to prevent the factory owners selling the machinery or other assets until they were fully paid in accordance with Cambodian law. “We have power again knowing we will get our salary and benefits after working here so many years.”
It is the first time in Cambodia that brands and their suppliers have sat down to reach an agreement with workers and their representatives. A committee including workers, their representatives, brands, suppliers and the government will agree the distribution, and the payment will be distributed to workers within 2 weeks.
This is what Labour behind the Label is fighting for along with overseas partners and their work really does make a difference.
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