</3 : Less Than Three
On Friday morning, Khmer-American artist Kat Eng set up a sewing machine in front of H&M’s Times Square location. The eight-hour performance was a response to the brutal military crackdown of striking garment workers in Cambodia. In early January, 500,000 workers joined a strike to demand a livable wage. Over 400 factories were forced to shut down operation. The government ordered military police fired upon demonstrators, killing five and injuring dozens. In solidarity with the oppressed workers the artist worked the entire day, stitching together 2 and 2/3 actual dollar bills, the daily salary of garment workers.
Less Than Three is a response to the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) call to a Global Week of Action against Gov’t Crackdown on Cambodian Protesters.
Note: H&M is just one of many corporations that source their goods from Cambodia but has faced increasing scrutiny over scandals in recent years:
Second Cambodian Factory Collapses on Workers Making Clothes for H&M
‘Forced Overtime’ Claim in H&M Mass Fainting