PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — About 30 representatives of major clothing brands and international trade unions met with Cambodia’s deputy prime minister on Monday to stress the importance of stability in the $5 billion industry and credibility for the country’s rule of law.
This is the second such meeting since the Jan. 3 clash when a demonstration for higher wages descended into violence after armed security forces opened fire at protesting workers. The incident, which left at least five workers dead and more than 40 injured, was of great concern to major exporting brands —such as Gap, H&M, Levi’s, Inditex and Puma. The first meeting between all parties was held here on Feb. 19 to discuss the violence perpetrated against the workers and the importance of setting a methodology for the minimum wage.
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