Two of the world’s largest apparel manufacturing countries remained in chaos Monday as protests and strikes shut down the fashion industries in Cambodia and Bangladesh.
The protests were driven by demands for change in the governments of the two countries, but also reflected growing pressure for increases in the minimum wage in their apparel industries, which is one of the key manufacturing sectors for both nations. The demonstrations in Cambodia and Bangladesh again put the focus on what has been a key issue for the global fashion industry this year, and one that is expected to remain in the spotlight in 2014: working conditions in factories in low-cost countries.
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