Their films reveal how workers struggle to provide for their families, risk their health in unsafe conditions and put themselves in danger just by travelling to work, which due to their low wages is often done in goods trucks. Thousands of workers were killed in traffic accidents in 2015 alone and unions are calling for factories to provide safe transport for their workers.
Funded by UK charity TRAID, this project brings together Cambodian workers and activists with British filmmakers and campaigners. The garment workers created a citizen journalists’ group in June 2016 with Cambodian workers’ rights group Central. Mentored by film production company Rainbow Collective and supported by Labour Behind the Label, these garment workers are now equipped to tell their own stories and lobby for change in their factories.
The team found early success this year when graphic photographs of workers scraping their skin with coins (“coining”), to cool down from the intense heat in factories, led to the installation of air conditioning systems by an Italian brand sourcing from the factory.
Read more about living conditions, traffic accidents and the practise of ‘coining’