Stuck in a traffic jam when garment factory workers blocked a road in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, following a dispute about wages. The workers are calling for the minimum monthly wage to be raised to $160—roughly double the current minimum wage and $60 higher than the amount proposed by the government.

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Stuck in a traffic jam when garment factory workers blocked a road in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, following a dispute about wages. The workers are calling for the minimum monthly wage to be raised to $160—roughly double the current minimum wage and $60 higher than the amount proposed by the government.

Photograph by John Vink/Magnum Photos

Cambodia's Garment Factory Workers Strike

Stuck in a traffic jam when garment factory workers blocked a road in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, following a dispute about wages. The workers are calling for the minimum monthly wage to be raised to $160—roughly double the current minimum wage and $60 higher than the amount proposed by the government.

Photograph by John Vink/Magnum Photos

Striking workers pull up barricades on Veng Sreng Road, defying armed forces before being brutally dispersed.

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Armed forces confront striking workers who pulled up barricades on Veng Sreng Road on Jan. 3.

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A striking worker arrested and beaten by armed forces during a crackdown on Veng Sreng Road on Jan. 3.

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Land activists from Boeung Kak Lake show their support for workers at the Yakjin factory during protests on Jan. 2.

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Workers at the Yakjin factory who were dispersed in the morning by members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Unit 911 organize a roadblock on National Road No. 4.

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Workers at the Yakjin factory, accompanied by monks, organize a roadblock on National Road No. 4 on Jan. 2.

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Stones thrown by striking workers who pulled up barricades on Veng Sreng Road. At stake in the ongoing dispute is the fate of an industry essential to Cambodia’s economy—and the authority of Asia’s longest-serving leader.

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