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the dignity of work

Garment Factory, Garment Worker, Union

I was allowed to visit multiple work environments in and around Phnom Penh while working with the solidarity center. We were putting together a piece on the dignity of work and our main goal was to see two garment factories. These were locations where unions had recently been developed and we were following up on working conditions.

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Mrs. Heng Rithy, 28, is a garment worker in the Prey Vang region of Cambodia. She is a member of the new union, National Independent Federation Textile Union of Cambodia; NIFTUC, affiliated with the garment factory.

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Aem is affiliated with her union because they work with the garment factory to ensure good working conditions, as well as fair pay and reasonable regulations. According to our interview Aem says, “everything is well lit and clean. All machines are safe and clean and the pay is fair. Our factory doesn’t discriminate against pregnant women and there is no forced overtime. The factory encourages joining the union which means they do not discriminate against unions and that’s good.”

Aem says it is important to her to work with this factory because she uses the money she earns to help her daughter continue her education and build them a better life.

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