Workers from the Kingsland factory in Cambodia have won an historic settlement after months of protest over unpaid wages.

Walmart & H&M suppliers have agreed to a settlement of US $205,000 for around 160 workers who were left with unpaid wages and no severance pay when factory owners shut the doors late last year.“When we heard the news, we all shouted. We were so happy.” Workers have been camping outside the factory since the 3 January 2013 in a 24 hour vigil to prevent the factory owners selling the machinery or other assets until they were fully paid in accordance with Cambodian law. Or Sokuong, one of the workers said, “We have power again knowing we will get our salary and benefits after working here so many years.”

As part of this project, Labour Behind the Label’s local partner the Community Legal Education Centre (CLEC) has been fighting to secure justice on behalf of these workers taking the case to the Cambodian Arbitration Commission and generating strong media coverage nationally and internationally.

It is the first time in Cambodia that brands and their suppliers have sat down to reach an agreement with workers and their representatives. A committee including workers, their representatives, brands, suppliers and the government will agree the distribution, and the payment will be distributed to workers.