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ILO: 'The end of cheap garments is near'

The disaster at a clothing factory in Bangladesh, in which more than 1,000 people died, caused shock across the industry and the world.

Not least in Cambodia where about 80% of all exports are clothes. Factory owners have seen their businesses grow, thanks to a combination of low wages and a government keen on encouraging private enterprise.

Workers are now demanding higher wages, saying that strong growth in the economy means they should see some of those benefits trickle down to them.

Jill Tucker from UN agency, the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Phnom Penh told the BBC's Karishma Vaswani that salaries had not kept up with inflation in Cambodia.

"About 450,000 workers in the export garment factories are supporting about two million Cambodians in the country - over 10% of the population," she continued.

"I think the end of cheap garments is near - I mean maybe five to 10 years."