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Cambodian textile workers earn $75 a month

A collapsing structure injured 23 workers on May 19 at a Cambodian factory producing garments for H&M, among others, police said, the latest incident to raise concerns about regional industrial safety.

A concrete and metal shelter, where workers were resting during their lunch break, fell down in the compound of the Hong Kong Chinese-owned Top World factory in Phnom Penh.

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M Admitted that “some of its clothing” was produced in this factory. The Stockholm-based retailer also said its orders had been placed at the factory without its knowledge. Critics say that this is highlighting the lack of control some of the world’s biggest brands may have over their supply chains.

Westerns brands have been repeatedly asked by critics to help improve safety at supplying factories and also contribute to higher wages which only account for 1 to 2 per cent of the sales price of a textile product.

The incident came just a few days after portions of another Cambodian garment factory collapsed, killing three people and injuring several others. In April, a factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, left over 1,200 dead, only to be followed by a fire at another garment factory in Dhaka that killed 8 employees, including the managing director.

Cambodia earned $4.6 billion from its garment exports last year, but a series of strikes has highlighted discontent about low wages and tough labour conditions. Monthly salaries have only recently been raised to $75.

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Cambodian textile workers earn $75 a month

A collapsing structure injured 23 workers on May 19 at a Cambodian factory producing garments for H&M, among others, police said, the latest incident to raise concerns about regional industrial safety.

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Cambodian textile workers earn $75 a month

A collapsing structure injured 23 workers on May 19 at a Cambodian factory producing garments for H&M, among others, police said, the latest incident to raise concerns about regional industrial safety.

A concrete and metal shelter, where workers were resting during their lunch break, fell down in the compound of the Hong Kong Chinese-owned Top World factory in Phnom Penh.

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M Admitted that “some of its clothing” was produced in this factory. The Stockholm-based retailer also said its orders had been placed at the factory without its knowledge. Critics say that this is highlighting the lack of control some of the world’s biggest brands may have over their supply chains.

Westerns brands have been repeatedly asked by critics to help improve safety at supplying factories and also contribute to higher wages which only account for 1 to 2 per cent of the sales price of a textile product.

The incident came just a few days after portions of another Cambodian garment factory collapsed, killing three people and injuring several others. In April, a factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, left over 1,200 dead, only to be followed by a fire at another garment factory in Dhaka that killed 8 employees, including the managing director.

Cambodia earned $4.6 billion from its garment exports last year, but a series of strikes has highlighted discontent about low wages and tough labour conditions. Monthly salaries have only recently been raised to $75.

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