We, the undersigned members of civil society, international
labor support organizations and trade unions express our extreme discontent
that Kingsland factory owners have failed to attend conciliation regarding
outstanding payments of almost US$200,000 owed to Kingsland employees.
We further express our extreme dissatisfaction with the
Ministry of Labor's decision made on January 16, 2013, not to send the case to
the Arbitration Council.
The conciliator confirmed that the Kingsland Garment
Cambodia Ltd, factory is now closed.
Despite their failure to notify the Ministry of Labor of
either suspension of factory production or factory closure, Kingsland factory
owners are attempting to escape their liabilities clearly laid forth in the
Cambodian Labor Law (1997).
We bring it to the attention of all that both the suspension
of production and the closure of the factory are illegal.
Around 200 workers at Kingsland Garment Cambodia Ltd will
continue their 24-hour vigil at the factory to ensure that the Walmart and
H&M supplier provides full payment for months during the illegal
suspension, unused benefits, indemnity, and damages for failure to provide
prior notice of termination and closure.
We respond to the calls for solidarity from Kingsland
workers who ask that "we must stand together."
We echo their demands that sourcing companies Walmart and
H&M ensure full payment for Kingsland employees and Labor Law compliance
within their suppliers.
Further, we echo their appeal to all Walmart and H&M
workers to stand up and hold international giants accountable.
Further, we demand immediate and transparent investigations
from Walmart and H&M and strongly urge the Ministry of Labor to
independently consider a further complaint regarding closure and conciliation.
For too long Cambodian garment workers have been exploited,
brutalized and disregarded by duty-bearers. For the sake of industrial
relations and justice this case must be resolved in accordance with the Labor
We express our solidarity with the workers at Kingsland
Cambodia Garment Ltd and promise that their voices will be heard around the
Workers United (WWU) - Nick Rudikoff, +1 917 239 8375, United States.
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Win (CtW) - Nicholas Allen, email@example.com, United States.
Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) - Garrett Shishido Strain, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Clothes Campaign (CCC) - Ineke Zeldenrust, email@example.com.
Behind the Label (LBL) - Anna McMullen, +44 (0) 117 9441700, United Kingdom.
Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) - Judy Gearhart, +1 202 347 4100, ext 106.
Solidarity Network (MSN) - Kevin Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trade Center (FTC) - Catrin Rosquist, email@example.com, Sweden.
Consommateurs Travailleurs (achACT) - Jean-Marc Caudron, +32(0)10/45 75 28,
Monitor (AFWA Hong Kong) - May Wong, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wage Alliance SEA - Ms. Lee Siew Hwa, email@example.com.
Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) - Kalpona Akter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garment & Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF) - Babul Akhter,
Federation of Public Services and Transportation Workers' Unions (KPTU) - Lim
Legal Education Center (CLEC) - Tola Moeun, +855 66 777 056, Cambodia.
League for the Promotion & Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) - Naly
- Workers' Information Center (WIC) - Sok Thareth, email@example.com, Cambodia.