Phnom Penh: The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) calls on all buyers who buy clothes, shoes and travel products from Cambodia to comply with the payment terms for goods already received or delivered to the buyer.
According to GMAC's May 4, 2020 letter, Cambodia is the first country in the world to link trade to labor standards.
GMAC says that since GMAC's previous appeal to all buyers on April 2, 2020, GMAC has been committed by some buyers, which GMAC and the Cambodian people are grateful to, but the situation has started. Since then, globalization has worsened, especially in Cambodia.
GMAC added that at the time of writing, 180 factories had suspended their operations and an additional 60 factories would have been suspended. The suspension is affecting more than 150,000 workers who have been suspended so far, unsure when to resume work, and nearly 200,000 workers will be suspended later. That soon will affect not only the workers but also the 2 million family members who depend on them.
GMAC confirms that "We understand the difficulties buyers face, but we strongly appeal to all buyers to abide by the payment terms for goods already received and / or delivered to the buyer. "The factories in Cambodia are already suffering from the cancellation of many orders and new orders, and cannot afford to pay."
GMAC claims that "While production is being exported, our factory must be compensated for what is owed, and providing less is not right. Payment terms are debatable, but non-payment is unacceptable. Therefore, we call on all buyers to settle what is owed and to provide anything less than this is not correct. ”
In addition, GMAC says payment terms can be discussed, but non-payment is unacceptable. Therefore, we appeal to all buyers to pay their debts.
By: Eng Boucheng