Phnom Penh: Pav Sina, President of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers CUMW urged Nike to take responsibility for the loss of legitimate benefits of workers who did not receive full benefits during covid-19.
Pav Sina said that Nike must consider that the company's profits, which increase by the billions of dollars every year, is the work force of the workers, so Nike must have a social responsibility meaning the company must share the hardships with the workers.
“Unions in Cambodia, along with a network of other international unions around the world that are members of the IndustiALL, must work together to push Nike to take responsibility.”
Pav Sina urged Nike to look into all its suppliers to stop discriminating against workers' freedom. "Recently, there was a factory in Takeo province T-Win Garment Cambodia Co., Ltd., which we found to be under the auspices of the Top Summit factory, which produces for Nike, fired local union leaders and included the use of law enforcement to threaten union leaders as well as our activists.
"Therefore, this is not only an act that violates the law in Cambodia, but also the ILO, International Labor Organization Convention. Therefore, the Unions in the six countries in Asean demand "Nike is responsible for the interests of the workers."
"We do not want Nike to justify its ethics of respecting the rights of trade unions guaranteed by international conventions, as well as improving the lives of its workers," he said. Fully implement its code of ethics, which ensures that the workers who produce for Nike are entitled to standard working conditions, rights and freedoms and a decent standard of living.
He added that at this point, everyone wants Nike to fully implement its code of ethics, not just to say or speak out, because Nike is a world-class buyer and "We want to see Nike as a role model and fully implement its ILO-guaranteed code of conduct."