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Retail Council of Canada’s members were very concerned to hear about the violence and civil unrest on January 3, 2014, linked to the ongoing nationwide strike for increased minimum wages, which led to four people dead and 29 people injured.

RCC’s members are committed to ensuring that all products produced, sourced and sold are manufactured in lawful and humane conditions.

Therefore, RCC calls for:

  • All parties, including government, manufacturers, and trade unions, to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from the use of force or violence.  We urge the government to ensure that a thorough, credible and independent investigation is undertaken into the cause of the shootings and to ensure full accountability to prevent similar incidents from re-occurring; 
  • We encourage all relevant parties in Cambodia to engage in good-faith negotiations to bring about a long term, peaceful solution, which would include the immediate release of trade unionists arrested and detained while defending worker interests, and a constructive dialogue on issues such as freedom of association and trade union law as per ILO Conventions 87 and 98;
  • We also endorse and support the development of a regularly-scheduled minimum wage review mechanism that is inclusive, methodologically sound, and based on international best practices.

We are committed to the security and safety of our members’ supplier factory workers, the long term stability of the Cambodian garment industry, and the long term development of the country, and therefore call on all parties to immediately and peacefully resolve this dispute.