Cambodian government shoots strikers, kills five

An urgent message from Eric Lee of LabourStart:

camdbodia_lsOn January 3, 2014, the Cambodian government sent military police to attack a demonstration of striking garment workers.  The police opened fire with AK-47 rifles killing five workers and injuring dozens more.

The government has since banned all demonstrations and used military force to clear the streets. At least 39 workers have been detained and are held in unknown locations. Faced with this brutal repression, the unions have called off the strike and workers are returning to work, although they are continuing to press their demands for an increased minimum wage.

They are no longer on strike — but their struggle continues and they are asking for our help.

Please take a moment to support the campaign demanding that the Cambodian government stop the violence, restore freedom of association and assembly, release the detained workers and drop any charges against them, and resume negotiations for an increase in the minimum wage:

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Global Union Bodies Demand Justice for Cambodian Workers

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The ITUC , Global Union Federation IndustriALL and UNI Global Union  have expressed horror at the violent repression of garment worker strikes by security forces and government-backed vigilantes.  Workers had been demonstrating peacefully demanding an increase in the minimum wage. At least four workers were killed and 39 injured during a crackdown by security forces on Friday. Trade unionists and labour rights supporters have been targeted for attack as workers demanded a minimum wage above the government offer of US$100 per month, which is woefully insufficient to meet the rising cost of living. Over 23 have been arrested, their whereabouts unknown, and summonses have been issued for several union leaders. Continue reading