VF: Cambodian suppliers oppress unions

In March 2013, five activists from the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) [1] were detained in Cambodia for participating in labor rights protests outside one of VF’s suppliers [2], the E-Garment factory. The activists traveled to Cambodia to meet with a trade union, the C.CADWU, to discuss an incident involving E-Garment’s dismissal of 41 workers after they attempted to form a labor union. The workers, who had been striking since January, reported repeated brutalities – including being attacked with sticks covered in nails – perpetrated by local police and E-Garment’s hired thugs.

[1] Clean Clothes Campaign (2014) (access 04.02.2014)

[2] Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers‘ Democratic Union and Clean Clothes Campaign (2013): European activists detained by Cambodian police at garment protest (access 04.09.2013)

Case location
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Affected topics
  • Human and Labour Rights
Affected norms and standards
Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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