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Cambodia garment strike disruption tumbles

In the first nine months of 2014, the number of working days lost by strikes in Cambodia’s garment industry fell 40% from 2013, data from the ¬†Garment Manufacturers’ association of Cambodia showed.

Days lost to strikesThe number of strikes fell 24%, indicating that those strikes were also less severe, and was lower than 2013, 2012 and 2008 – when there were far fewer factories and workers.

In spite of increasingly shrill pro-union propaganda in activist media, unions appear to have become more disciplined since the New Year riots, with strikes typically being settled quickly. Data from Better Factories Cambodia, though, still seems to show that all recorded strikes failed to conform to the country’s laws on notification.

The data exclude, for both 2013 and 2014, the strikes over the Christmas/New Year 2013-4 period. Days lost from February-September 2014 were 40.4% lower than the same period in 2013.