Gap, H&M & Levi’s back contract ruling for Cambodian workers
Three top fashion brands Levi’s, H&M and Gap Inc. have backed a ruling that restricts the use of short-term contracts for garment workers in Cambodia, where critics say they are widely used to control staff and silence dissent.
These brands said they stood by an arbitration council’s ruling that a factory supplying them must give permanent contracts to 408 workers it employed on a short-term basis.
The ruling is significant because it might force several others to follow suit, ending what labour rights campaigners have condemned as the historic abuse of short-term contracts in the country’s $7 billion garment industry.
The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia, had opposed the arbitration council’s January ruling, but said the government’s latest statement had made the law on short-term contracts clear.
Gap has communicated to all its suppliers in Cambodia that they adhere to rulings made by the Labour Arbitration Council. Levi’s would take action against the factory which does not follow the ruling.Combodia Garments News