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Unions urge buyers to continue sourcing from Cambodia

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The National Trade Unions Coalition (NTUC), the Cambodia Development People Life Association, the Trade Union Federation for Workers and the Workers Friendship Union Federation have urged international buyers and all their associates to continue sourcing textile and footwear products from Cambodia irrespective of the present political scenario.

The appeal was made through a joint statement issued by the above unions.

Far Saly, President, NTUC, said that all unions were hopeful that the local and international buyers would look into the issue and keep the industry out of politics. He further added that the standard of living of workers will be significantly impacted in case there is devoid of orders.

Reportedly, out of the country’s total volume of export (US $ 9 billion) from January to September 2017, 80 per cent was from garment sector or footwear.

Endorsing NTUC President’s concern, Kaing Monika, GMAC Deputy General Secretary, averred that continuous flow of orders will ensure job security for workers.

Walmart recently told Ith Samheng, Cambodian Labour Minister that it intends to buy garment and footwear products from the country from 2018 mainly due to significant improvements in workplace condition.

Earlier this month, OK Bung, Ministry of Commerce’s Secretary of State, had asked the clothing brands across the world to be a part of investment and technology transfer to the textile and footwear industry and help the country enhance exports.