Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/10/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

January demonstration ends with five workers shot dead

You get what you pay for - and if you don't pay enough, what you want evaporates before your eyes. That seems to be the problem behinds Cambodia's garment industry, a collection of "sweat shops" where workers toil for as little as $100 a month. It's an inequity that can no longer be ignored - five people were killed in a sweat shop demonstration in Phnom Penh on January 3. The incident served as a clarion call that the problem surrounding cheap labor here is not going to go away anytime soon.

Advocacy groups are urging clothing brands to review their purchasing practices and take action to ultimately end low wages, which is at the root of demonstrations.

Advocacy groups are urging clothing brands to review their purchasing practices and take action to ultimately end low wages, which is at the root of demonstrations.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/10/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Cambodia, sweat shops, demonstrations


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Workers are getting very angry," Anannya Bhattacharjee of the New Delhi-based Asia Floor Wage Alliance says. "There is a lot of explosiveness. They do not want to tolerate the current situation of continuing poverty anymore."
 
Strikes and protests regularly roil Cambodia's garment industry. Advocacy groups are urging clothing brands to review their purchasing practices and take action to ultimately end low wages, which is at the root of demonstrations.

Help in the fight against tuberculosis by going here --

The Cambodian government first offered to raise monthly pay from 80 to 95 dollars, then to 100. Striking workers, however, insisted that the minimum level be at least 160 dollars.

Campaigning for higher minimum wages across garment-producing countries in Asia, Asia Floor Wage thinks that if statutory minimum wages are not high enough, multinational companies need to be involved.

"Garment workers are producing for the whole global industry, so multinationals should pay the difference between statutory minimum wage and living wage," Bhattacharjee said.

"This is not an unfair demand, but brands are still not agreeing to provide the money for it," she said.

Major U.S. clothing firms have since spoken out about the pay inequity in Cambodia. American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co. have sent an open letter to Cambodia's government expressing their concerns over the recent bloody protests. They have also called for the government, manufacturers and trade unions to develop a regularly-scheduled wage review mechanism.

Levi Strauss & Co. in a statement said it is "firmly committed to sourcing in Cambodia" and encourages peaceful resolution to end political unrest. A spokesperson from Gap Inc. said the company strongly opposes any form of violence, calling for negotiations among stakeholders to peacefully resolve the dispute.

Still -- further steps must be taken, according to the Washington-based International Labor Rights Forum.

"Brands and retailers need to agree to voluntarily pay higher prices for apparel products made in Cambodia and require the factories to therefore pay higher wages," Liana Foxvog, communications director of the Forum, says.

Multinationals have spread their supply chains around the world, driving a "race to the bottom" among developing countries. "We have seen low wages, repression of freedom of association as well as poor working conditions," Foxvog said.

"We need a system that is different from the current business-as-usual model where brands and retailers will shop around to different factories and say who will make this shirt for two dollars. If a factory won't, they can find a factory that will.

"As a result we still have a sweatshop economy in 2014," she said.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2015
Universal:
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Asia Pacific

Same-sex unions by Filipinos abroad will go unrecognized in Philippines Watch

Image of Representatives of the Filipino Catholic Church say they will not discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Filipinos who marry members of the same sex while abroad will not see the perceived legal benefits in their native Philippines, a government representative says. "Our laws are clear. The Family Code only recognizes the marriage between a man and a woman," ... continue reading


Successor to Mother Teresa dies at 81 Watch

Image of The second among 11 children of a Nepalese Hindu family, who settled in Bihar state of India, Sister Nirmala was born on July 23, 1934. She later graduated from Patna Women's College, managed by Apostolic Carmel nuns.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The successor to Mother Theresa, Sister Nirmala Joshi has died at the age of 81. People all over the world remember her for her selfless dedication to helping the poorest of the poor, as the leader of Missionaries of Charity, or MC, for two consecutive terms. ... continue reading


China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival continues despite global outrage Watch

Image of CFP

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The annual dog meat festival in Yulin, China went on despite a major online campaign to put a stop to the highly controversial event. Protesters campaigning against the event outside a government office, Monday, were disbanded forcibly by unknown men. According to ... continue reading


Sexual inequity in India leads girls to suffer the worst from malnutrition Watch

Image of Those lucky enough to survive, grow up without enough energy, protein, vitamins and minerals, causing their brains and bodies to be stunted which means they cannot fulfill their physical, academic or economic potential.

By Ruhi Kandhari, Thomson Reuters Foundation

When Palak was found barely breathing buried under a mound of soil in an impoverished village in eastern India, doctors who treated the abandoned newborn girl knew that nursing her back to health would not be easy. DHARBHANGA, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - ... continue reading


CHAOS IN THE STREETS: Dozens of zoo animals run wild in the streets after devastating flood in Tbilisi, Georgia Watch

Image of [Photo by: Tinatin Kiguradze]

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Lions, bears, wolves, birds and a hippo were only some of the animals that escaped a zoo after a heavy flooding in Tbilisi, Georgia. The flooding completely destroyed the protective enclosures in the city's zoo. As a result, the capital of Georgia was placed on ... continue reading


19-year-old GIANT TORTOISE takes a stroll through the streets of Tokyo Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Bon-chan, a giant tortoise, slowly strolled through Tokyo's streets, to the delight of the many Japanese people he met along his very slow journey. The  3-feet-long, 70 kilograms (150 pounds), male African spurred tortoise, is owned by Hisao Mitani. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


CHILD BRIDE CRISIS: Unprepared young girls forced to marry, have children, undermining nation's future Watch

Image of Densely populated Bangladesh suffers frequent flooding and other natural disasters. The rights group said floods, cyclones and river erosion exacerbate child marriage by pushing families into greater poverty.

By Emma Batha, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bangladesh must ramp up efforts to tackle its "epidemic" of child marriage -- a problem fueled by the country's repeated natural disasters, rights campaigners said on Tuesday. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) also called on the ... continue reading


Journalist set on fire in India for controversial Facebook posts Watch

Image of

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Police claim journalist, Jagendra Singh, set himself on fire before they arrived to arrest him for posting allegations against Ram Murti Verma, a cabinet minister on Uttar Pradesh's legislative assembly on Facebook. However, according Singh's relatives, he was actually ... continue reading


Straight from the Bible: Resembling the words of Exodus, thousands of real-life toads swarm the roads after storm Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Thousands of toads swarmed an area at Liaoning Province, China after a heavy downpour, hopping out of a lake nearby. The toads were filmed as they populated a certain area on the of Ganjingzi Qu, Liaoning Sheng with a reminiscent view of a Biblical plague written in ... continue reading


Chinese scenic national park to feature world's largest glass-bottom bridge Watch

Image of It is yet another sensational construction on the part of China, but it is definitely not recommended for those with an abiding fear of heights.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It is yet another sensational construction on the part of China, but it is definitely not recommended for those with an abiding fear of heights. The scenic national park Zhangjiajie, in the country's Hunan province, is set to open the world's longest and ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ezekiel 2:2-5
2 As he said these words the spirit came into me and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 123:1-2, 2, 3-4
1 [Song of Ascents] I lift up my eyes to you who are ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 6:1-6
1 Leaving that district, he went to his home town, ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Corinthians 12:7-10
7 Wherefore, so that I should not get above myself, I ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 5th, 2015 Image

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria
July 5: Cofounder of the Barnabites. Born in 1502 in Cremona, Italy, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter