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International Rights Groups call for solution in Labor Dispute at Cambodian Walmart Supplier  

2013-01-19 - CLEC



Photo provided by Ms. Heather Stilwell, Voice of Democracy
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On January 18, international human rights and labor groups released at statement expressing support and seeking redress for some 200 garment workers locked in a dispute with Kingsland Garment Cambodia Ltd., a supplier of the global clothing brands Walmart and H&M. The workers are owed approximately $200,000 in wages and indemnity by Kingsland, a Hong Kong-based company. 

In mid-December, Kingsland owners suddenly closed their Cambodian worksite, violating local labor law by failing to notify authorities, and leaving workers without jobs and penniless. For the last two weeks, Kingsland workers have maintained a 24-hour vigil in front of the factory to stop machinery and assets from being removed before they are full paid in accordance with Cambodian law.  

International NGOs and trade unions in 13 countries stepped in after Cambodian authorities decided against sending the case to the Arbitration Council, making the chances of a legal solution slim. In the statement, the groups call for intervention from sourcing companies Walmart and H&M to ensure that Kingsland owners pay all wages and indemnity and comply fully with Cambodian Labor Law. They also pledge to organize global support for the protesting workers.

The dispute at Kingsland comes at a time of increased international attention to global brands’ role in poor wages and working conditions in the Asian garment industry. Rights groups have also called for intervention by Walmart and other brands after a fire at a Bangladesh-based supplier last November left over 100 workers dead.

For more information please see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB178GEDPEk&feature=player_embedded

http://www.warehouseworkersunited.org/cambodian-garment-workers-expose-illegal-abuse-at-walmart-supplier/

Or contact:

Mr. Tola Moeun, Head of CLEC Labor Program, +855 66 777 056

Mr. Joel Preston, Consultant, +855 66 777 037  



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