domingo, 22 de março de 2015
"Cambodia’s Labor Laws Fail to Protect Garment Workers"
Workers in Cambodia’s garment factories – frequently producing name-brand clothing sold mainly in the United States, the European Union, and Canada – often experience discriminatory and exploitative labor conditions. The combination of short-term contracts that make it easier to fire and control workers, poor government labor inspection and enforcement, and aggressive tactics against independent unions make it difficult for workers, the vast majority of whom are young women, to assert their rights.
Recent events linked to labor rights in Cambodia have attracted international attention. There have been repeated episodes of workers fainting on the job. In January 2014, police, gendarmes, and army troops brutally crushed industry-wide protests for a higher minimum wage. And the authorities have introduced more burdensome union registration procedures.