Walmart Agrees to Pay Cambodian Workers Backed Wages After Hunger Strike Begins

This blog was originally posted by Warehouse Workers United.

After months of protests, Cambodian garment workers will be paid wages and severance owed to them.

Just two days after 82 workers launched a hunger strike on the sidewalk in front of a Walmart supplier in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, companies that supply to Walmart and H&M agreed to pay workers about $200,000.

“We decided to go on hunger strike to show that we are not workers who can be pushed around,” said 26-year-old Sorn Sothy, one of the leaders who worked in the warehousing department of the factory. “We are strong, committed, and united.”

Your support helped! International delegations, peaceful protests and more supported the Cambodian workers who have demonstrated major flaws in Walmart’s supply chain.

You can watch their compelling stories below.

Background:

Since Jan. 3 as many as 200 garment workers have been sleeping on the street in front of the Kingsland factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Workers, who sewed underwear for Walmart and H&M suppliers, were owed $200,000 after the factory shuttered in December leaving workers without jobs, wages nor severance payment. Workers stayed in front of the factory to stop machinery and other assets from being removed before workers are fully paid in accordance with Cambodian law.


15 thoughts on “Walmart Agrees to Pay Cambodian Workers Backed Wages After Hunger Strike Begins

  1. Looks like these ladies work for a company that makes garments for Wal-Mart and other retailers. Wal-Mart should help them go through their country’s legal system to insure that laws are followed. If this isn’t done, then they should seek other companies to produce them. I didn’t see any evidence of them trying to get this done. There are many producers out there that would love to get this business. 3rd world countries have a lot of corruption and the people suffer..

    • Seems like you are allowing your hatred of all things Wal-Mart cloud your judgement (if any). This isn’t a Wal-Mart company. They make for others and it must be handled by the country.

      • If Walmart had an ounce of ethics, it wouldn’t source its manufacturing with such vendors and in such countries. You’re probably too young to remember when garments were made in the U.S., and lasted so long, they became unfashionable before they wore out. Walmart has changed all that. Walmart impoverishes the work force so that all they can afford to buy is the shoddy merchandise Walmart sources in the most exploited labor markets in the world. Walmart has debased this nation, and it spreads its poison everywhere.

      • floridanative IS WAY old enough to remember when garments were made in the U.S., all he’s interested in is union bashing.

      • Wal-Mart is not large enough to set the trends in fashion in the US, but I am sure they would appreciate the though. Many of the clothes I wear are US made. They are out there if you look. I love SAS shoes myself and have worn them for years. Buying shoddy merchandise of any type is pretty stupid. It is akin to hiring a shoddy person. One should take care in doing both. Funny how if Wal-Mart started allowing unions, the Wal-Mart bashers would love them. It is all about the money the union bosses are losing. The sheepeople who follow them are just not smart enough to get it. The ladies in the video don’t even work for Wal-Mart. Efforts by the unions to boycott Wal-Mart have failed almost as much as their black Friday boycott.

  2. let get
    Walmart change into United Food And Commercial Workers Unionize Walmart
    Store for all Walmart Cashier Workers and for all Walmart Produce Workers and
    for all Walmart Deli Department Workers and for all Walmart Bakery Department
    Workers and for all Walmart Pharmacy Workers,
    let get Walmart change into Teamster Unionize Walmart Store for all
    Walmart and Sam’s Club Truck Driver Workers and for all Sam’s Club Forklift
    Driver@Stock Person Workers and for all Walmart Stock Person Workers and for
    all Sam’s Club Cashier Workers and for all Sam’s Club Meat Cutter@Meat Wripper
    Workers and for all Sam’s Club Produce Workers and for all Sam’s Club Deli
    Department Workers and for all Sam’s Club Bakery Department Workers and for all
    Walmart Customer Services Desk Workers and for all Sam’s Club Membership Desk
    Workers and for all Walmart Courtesy Association Workers and for all Sam’s Club
    Cart Attendance Workers and for all Walmart Maintenance Association Workers and
    for all Sam’s Club Maintenance Workers and for all Sam’s Club Pharmacy Workers,
    let get Walmart Change into Communication Workers of America Workers Unionize
    Walmart Store for all Walmart and Sam’ Electronics Workers, let get Walmart
    change into United Auto Workers Unionize Walmart Store for all Walmart
    Tire@Lube Express Workers and for all Sam’s Club Tire@Car Battery Installment
    Workers right of away and right now please by make Walmart give all Walmart
    Workers and all Sam’s Club Workers a Living Wage With Affordable Health Care
    Right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart Store and
    without close down all the Sam’s Wholesale Club

    Think You Very Much

    From Tom P Noonan

  3. If I need something from Walmart I make sure that I’m feeling pretty healthy and its very early in the morning, I wouldn’t want any of my friends to see me nor would I want to be caught dead there.

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