AAFA Calls for End to Unrest in Cambodia

1/17/2014
The American Apparel and Footwear Association published an open letter addressing the wage protests and unrest in Cambodia.

"On behalf of the undersigned associations representing the U.S. and Canadian retail and fashion industries, whose member companies account for over 90 percent of the imports of garments and footwear into the United States and Canada, we call on all stakeholders in the current situation regarding Cambodia’s minimum wage to immediately cease all violence and all other forms of hostility. Further, we call on all stakeholders to immediately return to negotiations to permanently resolve the situation.

Our industry is committed to ensuring that all the products that they produce, source and sell are manufactured under lawful and humane conditions. As part of this commitment, we are committed to promoting the safety and security of workers in our supply chains.

Therefore, we again call on all stakeholders to:
  • Immediately end all violence and all other forms of hostility;
  • Immediately return to good faith negotiations to permanently resolve the situation; and
  • Endorse, develop, and implement as soon as possible a regularly-scheduled wage review mechanism.
These actions will not only promote both the short and long-term health and stability of the Cambodian garment and footwear industries, but these actions will also enable the Cambodian garment and footwear industry to maintain the strong relationships it has with our member companies."

The Canadian Apparel Federation, National Retail Federation, Retail Council of Canada, Retail Industry Leaders Association and United States Fashion Industry Association joined AAFA in supporting the call to end the unrest in Cambodia.
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