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Six organizations, representing 200 companies sourcing from Cambodia, call for stronger labor laws

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The Fair Labor Association (FLA), and five allied organizations, wrote to the Prime Minister of Cambodia on March 19, urging implementation of key labor law reforms agreed to by the Cambodian government in October of 2017.  The six organizations — including the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), amfori-Trade with Purpose, Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), and Social Accountability International (SAI) — represent major international brands and retailers, including more than 200 buyers that source Cambodian garments, footwear, and travel goods.

“We applaud the October 16, 2017 announcement by your Ministry of Labor that your government would address many of the concerns raised by our organizations, international buyers, and others, with regard to the draft minimum wage law, the draft dispute settlement law, and the current trade union law,” the organizations wrote.  “However, five months have passed with little progress in your government fulfilling those commitments.”

The letter went on to outline detailed changes the signatories would like to see in Cambodian labor law.  

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