Higher wages in Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia. The country is changing rapidly, from a traditional agricultural country to a low-wage economy. The textile industry is particularly important, yet the working conditions in this sector are poor and tens of thousands lost their jobs in the pandemic. Together with independent unions, Solidar Suisse fights for higher wages, better working conditions and more participatory debate.

Exploitation and climate change  

Clothing and shoes are by far the country’s most important exports. Many large international companies use production sites in Cambodia, yet wages are low and working hours are long. Independent unions that champion workers’ rights are restricted by the government and legal requirements are not respected. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the situation of workers to deteriorate further; at least 50,000 workers have lost their jobs because international fashion brands have cancelled orders.

Motorcyclists in a very narrow street blocked with clothes and pots Motorcyclists in a very narrow street blocked with clothes and pots

Cramped living conditions for textile workers. © Solidar Suisse

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