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Garment sector officials call for calm after meeting EU ambassador

Mom Kunthear 12:40 / Khmer Times Share:
EU ambassador George Edgar meets with union leaders. Supplied

The president of the National Union Alliance Chamber of Cambodia (NACC) said the European Union’s ambassador had not yet taken any action affecting the garment industry in Cambodia and called on all employees to continue to work as normal.

Som Aun, the president of the NACC who on Tuesday led his officials to a meeting with George Edgar, the EU’s ambassador in Cambodia, said he was happy to hear directly from the ambassador after a former opposition leader and some civil society groups had called for sanctions on the sector.

“We raised some priorities to tell Mr Edgar that the garment and footwear sector really helps a lot of workers and their families and we are developing better working conditions,” he said.

“But we also told him about our concerns related to the calls from the former opposition party to demand the EU stop ordering products from Cambodia.”

Mr Aun added that the ambassador said he understood the situation in the garment sector and said he would bring the concerns and requests from unions to his colleagues in Brussels.

“I will have a meeting with my members and spread the information about the result of the meeting with the EU ambassador and we will appeal to workers to not worry about this and continue to work as normal,” said Mr Aun.

Earlier this month, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia called on international buyers to continue ordering clothes and textile products from Cambodia after fears the US and the EU could halt preferential treatment for Cambodian exports.

Full story on Thursday’s paper.

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