Eight fast fashion retail giants, including H&M, New Look, Next, and Zara’s parent company Inditex, have agreed to increase the minimum wage for their garment makers in Cambodia. Thousands of garment workers had previously rallied across the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, as they continued to demand that the current $100 per month minimum wage be lifted. The agreement has been heralded as “unprecedented” by labor-rights groups, despite the agreed new wage not matching the $177 per month demanded by the workers. In a letter to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, the retailers acknowledged that “Workers in all production countries have the right to a fair living wage.”

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