April 2, 2015 3:45 am JST
Human rights violations

NGO decries overwork at Cambodian Uniqlo suppliers

TOKYO -- Employees at some of the Cambodian factories that supply Japanese casual-wear retailer Fast Retailing work excessive hours, according to the non-governmental organization Human Rights Now.

     The Tokyo-based group discussed the issue at a news conference here Wednesday. The organization visited four garment factories in Cambodia in February and spoke to workers. Three of those plants make clothing for Fast Retailing chains Uniqlo and G.U.

     In addition to the long hours, some workers have been forced to work unpaid overtime and had their employment contracts unilaterally terminated. Management has also taken action against organized labor activities, according to Human Rights Now.

     Fast Retailing said Wednesday it is looking into the practices at those plants and will push for fixes to any problems it discovers.

(Nikkei)

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