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Cambodia garment factory strike enters second day, grows in size

The strike of garment factory workers continued yesterday, marking the second day the important sector has been hobbled by striking workers.

Although the union representing the workers, the Cambodian Labour Association (CLA) and the GMAC, the trade group representing the owners (the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia), differed on the number of workers on strike (145,000 for the union, versus 20,000 by the GMAC), all sides agreed that the action will significantly impact the sector. The garment sector accounts for the great majority of the nation’s export income.The issue, which centres on the level of minimum wage workers receive, is scheduled to run 5 days. Experts say that if it is not quickly resolved, it will certainly harm the nation’s attractiveness to global investors.

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