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Strikes and Struggles in Phnom Penh - 4 Jul 2013
Images of Cambodian garment workers. Garment workers who arrive from the provinces to take jobs in the capital Phnom Penh live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan.

The garment industry has become by far Cambodia’s biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion, but as investment in the country’s textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions for workers.

Strikes by Cambodia’s more than 300,000 garment workers nearly quadrupled last year to 134, industry body the Garment Manufacturers' Association of Cambodia says. There have been at least 48 strikes so far this year - already more than in the whole of 2010 or 2011.
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July 04, 2013
The head of a mannequin lies in the shop window of a beauty salon in the area where garment factories...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The head of a mannequin lies in the shop window of a beauty salon in area where garment factories are...
The head of a mannequin lies in the shop window of a beauty salon in the area where garment factories are based in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 28, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment workers shop at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garment workers shop at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in...
Garment workers shop at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment workers leave a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garment workers leave a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh
Garment workers leave a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A girl plays with a balloon at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are...
A girl plays with a balloon at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment workers shop at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garment workers shop at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in...
Garment workers shop at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A vendor stands in her stall, which sells beauty products, at a market outside one of the industrial...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A vendor stands in her stall, which sells beauty products, at a market outside one of the industrial...
A vendor stands in her stall, which sells beauty products, at a market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A woman holds her child as they lie on the floor, underneath dresses for sale at a market outside one...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A woman holds her child as they lie on the floor, underneath dresses for sale at a market outside one...
A woman holds her child as they lie on the floor, underneath dresses for sale at a market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment workers shop at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garment workers shop at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in...
Garment workers shop at a food market outside one of the industrial zones where factories are based in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A woman prepares food at a building where garment workers live in Phnom Penh June 28, 2013. Most garment...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A woman prepares food at a building where garment workers live in Phnom Penh
A woman prepares food at a building where garment workers live in Phnom Penh June 28, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Fish lies in a colander as it is prepared for lunch, at apartment building where garment workers live...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fish lies in a colander as it is prepared for lunch, at apartment building where garment workers live...
Fish lies in a colander as it is prepared for lunch, at apartment building where garment workers live in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 28, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A man stands at the doorway of a room inside a building where garment workers live in Phnom Penh June...
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A man stands at the doorway of a room inside a building where garment workers live in Phnom Penh
A man stands at the doorway of a room inside a building where garment workers live in Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment worker Sim Channan, 22, washes clothes as she sits between plastic buckets and pipes marked with...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garment worker Channan washes clothes as she sits between plastic buckets and pipes marked with room...
Garment worker Sim Channan, 22, washes clothes as she sits between plastic buckets and pipes marked with room numbers inside a building where garment workers live in Phnom Penh June 28, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A garment worker collects clothes hanging on a fence between a factory and a building where workers live,...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A garment worker collects clothes hanging on a fence between a factory and a building where workers live,...
A garment worker collects clothes hanging on a fence between a factory and a building where workers live, as the monsoon rain begins, in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A face mask dries as it hangs on a fence at a building where garment workers live in Phnom Penh June...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A face mask dries as it hangs on a fence at a building where garment workers live in Phnom Penh
A face mask dries as it hangs on a fence at a building where garment workers live in Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A pair of slippers are left outside a room at a building where garment workers live in a suburb of Phnom...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A pair of slippers are left outside a room at a building where garment workers live in a suburb of Phnom...
A pair of slippers are left outside a room at a building where garment workers live in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment workers sit on the floor of their apartment during a lunch break in a suburb of Phnom Penh June...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garment workers sit on the floor of their apartment during a lunch break in a suburb of Phnom Penh
Garment workers sit on the floor of their apartment during a lunch break in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Seven girls, all garment workers at a near-by factory, share a single four by four meter room for $35 per month, in a building packed with similar tiny apartments. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment worker Maen Sopeak, 24, smiles during a lunch break in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013....
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garment worker Maen Sopeak, 24, smiles during a lunch break in a suburb of Phnom Penh
Garment worker Maen Sopeak, 24, smiles during a lunch break in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Seven girls, all garment workers at a near-by factory, share a single four by four meter room for $35 per month, in a building packed with similar tiny apartments. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A garment worker swings her sleeping child in a hammock in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most...
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A garment worker swings her sleeping child in a hammock in a suburb of Phnom Penh
A garment worker swings her sleeping child in a hammock in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Ran Oeun Chany (C), her husband Sim Sarath (R) and friend Kim Heang sit in a room at an apartment building...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ran Oeun Chany, her husband Sim Sarath and friend Kim Heang sit in a room at an apartment building in...
Ran Oeun Chany (C), her husband Sim Sarath (R) and friend Kim Heang sit in a room at an apartment building in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment worker Eng Chen, 23, waits to receive an intravenous therapy at an one-bed private clinic in...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garment worker Eng Chen waits to receive an intravenous therapy at an one-bed private clinic in a suburb...
Garment worker Eng Chen, 23, waits to receive an intravenous therapy at an one-bed private clinic in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment worker Om Srey Soth, 20, sits under a mosquito net in her room in the village of Trapeng Weng,...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garment worker Om Srey Soth sits under mosquito net in her room in the village of Trapeng Weng, outside...
Garment worker Om Srey Soth, 20, sits under a mosquito net in her room in the village of Trapeng Weng, outside Phnom Penh June 29, 2013. Om Srey Soth, a worker at Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing Corp, a factory that produces clothing for U.S. sportswear company Nike, said that she miscarried her baby during recent protests at her factory that turned violent. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 29, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A toy hangs up to dry at an apartment building where garment workers live in a suburb of Phnom Penh June...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A toy hangs up to dry at an apartment building where garment workers live in a suburb of Phnom Penh
A toy hangs up to dry at an apartment building where garment workers live in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 29, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 29, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A child is held by its grandmother, as the baby's father checks a mobile phone, in their home next to...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A child is held by its grandmother, as the baby's father checks a mobile phone, in their home next to...
A child is held by its grandmother, as the baby's father checks a mobile phone, in their home next to a garment factory in Phnom Penh June 29, 2013. The family of four, who left their province searching for a better life, live in a four by four meter wooden shack paying $25 per month rent. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 29, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment workers cast shadows on a wall as they arrive for work at a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Garment workers cast shadows on a wall as they arrive for work at a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh...
Garment workers cast shadows on a wall as they arrive for work at a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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Garment workers arrive for work, carried by a truck, at their factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh
Garment workers arrive for work, carried by a truck, at their factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
A man sells food to garment workers as they arrive at a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013....
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A man sells food to garment workers as they arrive at a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh
A man sells food to garment workers as they arrive at a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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A man sells food to garment workers as they arrive at a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh
A man sells food to garment workers as they arrive at a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Garment workers from Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing Corp discuss the next steps of their strike...
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Garment workers from Sabrina Garment Manufacturing Corp discuss the next steps of their strike outside...
Garment workers from Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing Corp discuss the next steps of their strike outside a factory in Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
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Garment workers hold signs during a gathering of workers from Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing...
Garment workers hold signs during a gathering of workers from Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing Corp, which produces clothing for U.S. sportswear company Nike, at their union headquarters in Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. The sign reads "We, all together, support Nike to put orders in Cambodia". Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
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Garment workers react as they listen to a union representative tell them the results of a strike, outside...
Garment workers react as they listen to a union representative tell them the results of a strike, outside a factory in Phnom Penh June 25, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
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Garment workers from Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing Corp factory hold pictures of their arrested...
Garment workers from Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing Corp factory hold pictures of their arrested comrades as they discuss the next steps in their strike outside a factory in Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
Unemployed women wait for information about possible jobs as garment workers outside an industrial zone...
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Unemployed women wait for information about possible jobs as garment workers outside an industrial zone...
Unemployed women wait for information about possible jobs as garment workers outside an industrial zone where factories are based in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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July 04, 2013
People wait for garment workers to leave a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment...
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People wait for garment workers to leave a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh
People wait for garment workers to leave a factory in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 27, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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Unemployed women wait for information about possible jobs as garment workers outside an industrial zone...
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Unemployed women wait for information about possible jobs as garment workers outside an industrial zone...
Unemployed women wait for information about possible jobs as garment workers outside an industrial zone where factories are based in a suburb of Phnom Penh June 26, 2013. Most garment workers who arrive from the provinces to work at factories in Cambodia's capital live in tiny apartments packed into crowded buildings. Four or even more people can share a room, costing around $35 per month, usually three by three meters with one light and one electric fan. The garment industry has become by far Cambodia's biggest export earner, with shipments up 10 percent in 2012 to $4.44 billion. As investment in the country's textile industry is surging, so is labour unrest, putting pressure on suppliers to the world's big garment brands to raise wages and improve sometimes grim conditions in one of the last bastions of low-cost factories. Picture taken June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (CAMBODIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT)

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