PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Levi Strauss confirmed Tuesday it has scaled back orders from the denim company’s supplier factories in Cambodia for this year due to the country’s political instability and its repression of workers’ rights.
The country’s $5 billion apparel industry has been plagued with frequent demonstrations since late last year when workers launched a nationwide strike for a minimum wage raise to $160 a month. On Jan. 3, government security forces opened fire on rioting workers in Phnom Penh, leaving at least five dead and more than 40 people injured. Twenty-three unionists, workers and bystanders were arrested for participating in the demonstrations and charged with causing violence and destruction of property.
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