Fashion workers urge H&M to deliver a living wage

Phnom Penh — In an industry riddled with poor health, abuse and labour exploitation, Yim Srey Neang and her colleagues are pleased to have garment factory jobs that are relatively stable and safe.

They speak highly of their employers as representatives of 4,000 people toiling in a factory that supplies fashion giant H&M from the outskirts of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

But when conversation turns to the so-called fair living wage, the tone shifts: several factory workers begin firing off laundry lists of life’s necessities — food, shelter, education, health care — and their prices in an onslaught of discontent.

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