But workers at one factory in the developing world appear, at least, to have a happy ending. For two months, around 200 garment workers have been keeping vigil, day and night, outside their former factory in the Cambodian capital, which made clothes for Walmart and H&M. The workers claimed that for four months their wages were inexplicably cut, before the owner closed the factory altogether -- with no notice, or severance.
In February, the workers expanded their tactics, marching to the H&M office, and passing on a letter to the global brand's CEO, Karl-Johan Persson, reported CleanClothes.org.
The workers found allies around the world, including in the U.S. "We are all in the same fight, whether in Cambodia, Bangladesh, America, Mexico, or anywhere else," Mike Compton, an Illinois Walmart warehouse worker, told LaborNotes. Compton and other workers at his warehouse won improvements in their own strike last fall.
According to LaborNotes, dozens of the workers intensified their campaign with a hunger strike on Feb. 27. Just a couple days later, representatives of the brands, the suppliers, and the workers sat down together -- the first time such a meeting has occurred in Cambodia, reported CleanClothes.org. They reached a historic settlement of $205,000, to be distributed within two weeks.
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