WRC Factory Investigation

Canteran Apparel

Factory: Canteran Apparel

Key Buyers: Costco, Kohl's, Walmart

Last Updated: 2014

Case Summary

The WRC report “Crackdown in Cambodia,” dated March 24, 2014, detailed deadly attacks by Cambodian security forces on protesting Cambodian garment workers. Starting in December 2013, workers took to the streets to demand an increase in the minimum wage, which is the second-lowest of major garment exporting countries. Factory owners and the government greeted these demonstrations with repression. One incident took place at Canteran Apparel Factory on January 17 and 20, 2014. Cambodian union representatives report that more than one hundred military personnel confronted workers at the factory to suppress a protest concerning the factory’s failure to pay workers a bonus that they were legally owed. The soldiers ordered workers to end their protests, and threatened to shoot the employees’ union representatives if they failed to do so.

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