Nike Key to Cambodia Garment Worker Victory

Intervention by Nike helped restore the jobs of several garment workers who were dismissed following their election to office at a newly formed local union, a leading union federation said this month.

T-Win Garment Cambodia Co. in the southern province of Takéo, according to IndustriALL Global Union, had dismissed 10 of these employees after they refused to resign from their posts from the group, which is affiliated with the larger Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW). Though CUMW filed a complaint and attended mediation meetings, the manufacturer’s management “refused” to reinstate their positions, the organization said.

CUMW and IndustriALL then turned to Nike, one of the factory’s buyers. After two months of engagement, T-Win agreed to rehire eight of the sacked leaders on April 26 and compensate them for the time lost. (The other two employees decided to quit with severance pay.) The union and the factory also agreed to respect legal procedures and refrain from retaliation.

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