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Urgent call to action for Cambodian garment workers!

9 September, 2014IndustriALL Global Union, the ITUC and UNI Global Union are asking affiliates to join Cambodian unions in a Global Day of Action on 17 September to demand a living wage for garment workers.

In early October, the Labour Advisory Committee in Cambodia is to announce a new minimum wage for workers in the garment, textile and footwear industry, which generates US$5 billion in revenue for the country.

At this critical juncture, a coalition of Cambodian garment unions has called for international solidarity to support their demands for a raise in the minimum wage from US$100 to US$177 a month.

IndustriALL, the ITUC and UNI are asking affiliates to take part in the global day of action by organizing mobilizations outside Cambodian embassies and presenting a letter to the ambassador. As there are only a few Cambodian embassies around the world, affiliates can also send a letter directly to the Cambodian government.

Garment workers in Cambodia deserve to live in dignity and receive a fair wage. Poverty wages mean that many workers are undernourished and compelled to work exhausting overtime hours to survive.

Affiliate support for our similar day of action on 10 February was instrumental in helping to release 23 Cambodian wage protestors arrested by authorities during the deadly police crackdown on demonstrators in January.

Please show your support now and help make a difference again.

Email us for more information on how to join your nearest action: [email protected].  

Download this model letter to present to the Cambodian Ambassador.

Download and print the campaign poster (opposite) and take it to your protest, and send us the pictures!