Apparel group urges clothing industry reform in Cambodia


A group representing some of the largest apparel brands in the US and Europe have expressed “growing concern” over several controversial labour laws and ongoing court cases against unionists described as restrictive and unjust.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen, the clothing companies, which include Gap, H&M and ASOS, also call for amendments to the contentious 2016 Trade Union Law and ask the government to strengthen the Arbitration Council, a dispute resolution body that has gained a reputation for fairness and independence.

Since the passage of the Union Law, the number of cases heard by the Council has plummeted, which unions attribute to the law’s onerous registration rules and other restrictions on unions’ activities.

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