|Cambodian garment workers denounce Singapore firm over intimidation, 5,000 suspensions
About 4,000 Cambodian garment workers protested today after a factory supplying global brands including Gap and H&M allegedly fired hundreds for striking over conditions.
Union leaders said the Singapore-owned SL Garment Processing factory fired 720 workers while more than 5,000 others were suspended after a two-week long strike.
Workers had walked out claiming intimidation over regular factory inspections by an official flanked by military police, AFP reports.
The workers marched some 10 kilometers from the factory to Phnom Penh's City Hall to urge the government to intervene.
“We want the factory to allow the workers to go back to work,'' union leader Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, said.
“But if they want to close they factory they must pay compensation to workers according to the law,'' he said.
Factory officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
Ath Thorn called for help from representatives of more than two dozen global clothing brands, who are holding a closed-door meeting this week in the capital to discuss the garment industry.