A call to end the violence against Cambodian workers on strike: sign the petition
In the last week, at least four people have been killed and over 23 seriously injured by security forces in Cambodia as part of a violent repression of a national strike by garment workers demanding a living wage.
The workers’ strike began on 24 December, following the government announcement that the minimum wage would only increase to USD100 ignoring the recommendation made the Labor Advisory Committee Survey Working Group (which recommended a minimum wage between USD157-USD177) and unions' demand for USD165 minimum wage.
Almost all garment, footwear and textile workers' union federations and Independent Youth Union Confederation declared strike in protest to the plan.
Violent clash began when the government tried to disallow workers to march peacefully on 2nd January. International and local media broadcasted that the riot police and soldiers beat up union leaders, workers, supporters and passerbyers. Many were arrested with severe injuries. In the morning of 3rd January, armed forces finally started shooting live ammunition directly to workers, killing four workers and severely wounding many.
IndustriALL Global Union, UNI Global Union and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have expressed horror at the violent repression of garment worker strikes by security forces and government-backed vigilantes.
Many NGOs, trade unions, labour activists, etc. are calling all supporters to sign the petition asking the Cambodian Government to stop violence against workers.
Please sign the petition now!