(Photos credit Ron Carver, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Four Regions Slum Network, and KCTU)
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In the end of 2013, hundreds of thousands of Cambodian garment workers bravely went on strike to demand a living wage for their work. The Cambodian government responded with violence and repression. Military police opened fire on peaceful protesters, killing at least 4 people and a number of workers and union leaders were beaten and arrested. Last month unionists and activists gathered at Cambodian Embassies around the world to stand in solidarity with Cambodian workers demanding that the government stop violence against workers, drop the charges against unjustly imprisoned union leaders and activists, and raise the minimum wage to $160 per month.
The following statement was released by the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) on May 1, 2013. In response to a disappointingly small increase to the unlivable minimum wage, workers call directly on the multinational brands buying from Cambodian factories to guarantee living wages.