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Asia Insight

Jan. 17, Fri.

Cambodia's Factories Face Labor Rifts

Cambodia's economy is booming thanks in part to a burgeoning garment industry. Business people from other countries have opened factories in areas surrounding the capital, Phnom Penh. Many Cambodians are abandoning rural life for factory jobs and the increased economic opportunity they offer. But the process has not been smooth. Workers are demanding higher pay and other concessions from management. Factory owners are being forced to reexamine their image of Cambodia as a low-wage alternative to China. As strikes and worker boycotts rock the country, the future of Cambodia's garment industry remains unclear.