Gov’t answers garment buyers’ complaint

Some of the biggest buyers in the Kingdom’s garment sector have urged Prime Minister Hun Sen to address issues faced by unions and workers – a request a senior official said was out of touch with the situation on the ground.

The letter addressed to Prime Minister Hun Sen was sent on Tuesday and signed by Adidas, Esprit, Levi Strauss and Puma, among others. Labour rights organisations American Apparel & Footwear Association and CNV International also signed the document.

The letter requested the prime minister to address four key issues in the sector – amend the trade union law, repeal the law on associations and NGOs, drop all outstanding criminal charges against union leaders, and respect and foster the important role of the Arbitration Council.

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