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Cambodia’s new trade union law: H&M’s actions

H&M has been following the drafting of the Cambodian Trade Union Law closely. We believe well-functioning industrial relations are essential to the development of the Cambodian garment industry. It is of great importance to have a law which fully respects the ILO fundamental conventions on freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining (fundamental conventions 87, 98), and that relevant experts and stakeholders are consulted in the drafting process.

1 Apr, 2016

H &M wants to contribute to the development of Cambodia’s apparel and textiles sector. We have, on numerous occasions addressed the Cambodian government, and expressed our belief that a legal framework which ensures garment workers the rights to which they are entitled, is also beneficial to further investments and the growth of the country’s textile industry.

Beginning early 2014 H&M has alone and together with other members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), met with the Cambodian government and engaged in dialogue on the Trade Union Law. We have since then on numerous occasions raised our concerns and emphasized the importance of a Trade Union law aligned with ILO fundamental conventions. Most recently H&M, together with members of the ETI, sent a letter to the Cambodian government in late March 2016. This was then followed up on with an additional letter addressed to the prime minister of Cambodia, from H&M together with other brands.

Please find a link to the latest ETI statement here.

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