Cambodian factory workers feel the pinch during COVID-19

Despite Cambodia’s success in curbing the spread of the coronavirus—just 225 official cases have been found so far—many of the country’s workers are finding it difficult to maintain their livelihoods as supply chains falter.

Since the onset of the heath crisis, about 130 Cambodian factories have shut down, impacting at least 100,000 workers. For those that remain employed, not only are factories cutting wages, but workers unions are also facing pressure.

In April, union representative and garment worker Soy Sros wrote a Facebook post to shed light on 88 workers being dismissed from a factory run by Superl, a company based in Hong Kong that makes handbags for international brands such as Kate Spade and Michael Kors.

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