Cambodian garment factory workers demand rights after coronavirus closures

Ung Chanthoeun has spent the past 17 years on a hot factory floor in Cambodia, sewing, ironing, and painstakingly checking the labels on clothes for big brands worldwide.

But with the pandemic leading to a worldwide downturn in production demand, the factory, Violet Apparel, announced it was closing its doors on July 1 — with one day’s notice.

“When I heard that Violet closed, I felt like I lost everything I ever thought possible,” Ms Chanthoeun told the ABC.

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