Cambodia: Cambo Kotop garment factory workers protest dismissal of union representatives

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3 February 2015

Cambo Kotop did not respond

We invited Cambo Kotop to respond to the article "Garment Workers Protest at South Korean Embassy", Cambodia Daily, 30 December 2014. It did not respond.

8 January 2015

Ire raised over Kotop employees’ dismissal

Author: Mom Kunthear, Phnom Penh Post

Unionists reacted angrily…to the firings of more than 50 workers at a Phnom Penh garment factory who were let go in the wake of a 15-day strike. Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW) president Pav Sina said he would issue letters to the government and international brands that buy from Por Sen Chey district’s Cambo Kotop factory, including Gap Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc…Dismissals came after the employees, who walked off the job on December 15 in protest of management’s termination of five CUMW representatives, returned to work on December 31. The firings occurred on January 2 and 3…The corporate social responsibility manager at the factory, who would only identify himself as Kwak, said the CUMW reps whose reinstatement strikers demanded were let go last month because they had disrupted operations in the factory…

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30 December 2014

Garment Workers Protest at South Korean Embassy

Author: Ben Sokhean, Cambodia Daily

About 600 employees of a South Korean-owned garment factory rallied in front of the country’s Phnom Penh embassy…calling on Seoul to intervene in their dispute with factory management. The protesters were among 1,200 workers at the Cambo Kotop garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district who have been on strike since December 16 to demand the reinstatement of five union representatives who were fired that day. The Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW), the union behind the protest, says the five representatives were dismissed because they were planning to lead a strike at the factory, which employs a total of 2,500 people…[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Cambo Kotop to respond; it did not do so.]

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