Cambodia: A garment factory fires workers after protests over the sacking of their colleague who tried to form a union

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31 January 2019

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21 January 2019

Cambodia: A garment factory fires 4 more workers after the protest over the sacking of a colleague

Author: Davin Sen, Khmer Times

"Factory fires four more workers", 21 January 2019

Prestige Garment Co in Kandal province has fired four more workers ... following protests over the ... sacking of a worker representative who was trying to form a union.

Pav Sina, Collective Union of Movement of Workers president, ... identified the four as Oeun Sambo, who was fired on January 8, Moth Thearan, fired on January 9, San Sarim, on January 10 and Khim SreyNeng on Friday.

He said they were fired after joining protests against the sacking of Houn Sovit, who was chosen by the workers to form an in-house union at the factory...

“They were fired from their jobs by the company which does not obey the law,” Mr Sina claimed. “The company does not want the workers to set up a union although this is provided for by the law.”...

“They were trying to form unions in accordance with the law but the companies discriminated against them and sacked them,” Mr Sina noted...

“In some cases, the company violates workers’ rights. The company will not allow workers to take emergency leave,” he said. “The company also finds fault with workers and that’s why we want to create a local union to protect workers’ rights and help demand our rights from the company.”...

In a petition to the provincial labour department the next day, the workers asked for Mr Sovit to be reinstated and demanded that the management should not cut the wages of employees who take emergency leave...

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21 January 2019

Cambodia: More than 200 workers protest the sacking of their colleague who tries to form a local union at a garment factory

Author: Davin Sen, Khmer Times

"Prestige Garment workers protest for second day", 26 December 2018

More than 200 workers from the Prestige Garment factory in Kandal province ... continued a protest over the sacking of a colleague who tried to form a union.

Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said that more workers came out to demand their colleague’s reinstatement and the right to form a union ... after about 100 began protesting ...

“We suggest the authorities find a solution for them soon because the issue has not been resolved yet,” he said. “The workers want to form a union which is allowed by the law and the authorities should not let the company violate the law and the workers’ rights.”...

The workers are also demanding the company extend their work contracts from two months to six months.

Mr Sovit ... said that he was fired ... after management found out about his intentions to form a union.

“In some cases, the company violates workers’ rights...,” he said. “The company also finds fault with workers and that’s why we want to create a local union to protect workers’ rights and ...”

He said that the company sacked him after the workers voted to form the union last week and made him its president...

Company representatives could not be reached for comment ...

Lim Sarum, a provincial labour department official, ... said that the department received a complaint over the issue.

“We are aware of the issue,” he said. “Our officials are ... trying to meet all parties to find a solution.”

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