In a newsletter published by 3F, the union, which had visited H and M’s Hung Wah factory in Cambodia, said employees rarely earn more than two dollars a day.
“We used to make one dollar 30 cents to sew 100 polo shirts. But now we hardly get a dollar for the same quantity,” the newsletter quoted worker Kam Sreynet as saying.
H and M rejected the criticism, but acknowledged problems with its Cambodian operations.
“H and M has worked to improve working conditions at our Hung Wah supplier for a number of years,” the Swedish group’s ethics and environment spokeswoman Ingrid Schullström told 3F.
“Seamstresses can earn more than a employee of the Cambodian government,” added Schullström, who visited the Hung Wah factory in October 2005.
“A seamstress earns about 60 to 80 dollars a month compared to an average of 28 dollars for a primary school teacher,” she said.