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Cambodia: Quint Major Industrial fires and suspends workers for demanding better working conditions; companies did not respond

A report was made alleging that Quint Major Industrial factory in Cambodia fired two workers and suspended another after a clash between different unions in the factory. The workers who were suspended and fired were members of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democractic Union (CCAWDU). 

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Quint Major Industrial to respond to this report - it did not. We also invited VF Corporation to respond because it is idenfied with Quint Major Industrial in the Open Apparel Registry - it also did not respond.

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Company non-response
7 July 2019

Quint Major Industrial did not respond

Author: Quint Major Industrial

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the company to respond - it did not.

Company non-response
7 July 2019

VF Corporation did not respond

Author: VF Corporation

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the company to respond - it did not.

Article
22 May 2019

Cambodia: A factory fires two unionists of CCAWDU accusing them of clashing with other union members within the factory

Author: Davin Sen, Khmer Times

"Two unionists sacked, accused of clashing with in-house union", 23 May 2019

Two garment factory workers in Kandal province have been sacked after their company accused them of being involved in a violent clash that saw the arrest of two of their colleagues..., the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union issued a statement appealing to the provincial military police to free two of its members, Chub Chanthy and Sok Kha, who were arrested for allegedly instigating violence outside of a factory belonging to Quint Major Industrial in Ang Snuol district.

..., CCAWDU president Ath Thorn said two unnamed garment factory workers were fired, while another was suspended, after they were accused by the company of being involved in the incident.

“The company accused the other workers of also being involved in the violence,” Mr Thorn said. “We are investigating this case to see whether they were really involved or not.” He noted that Mr Chanthy and Mr Kha, along with the two fired workers, were members of his union and employees of QMI.

“They are union activists who were defending the rights of workers in the company,” Mr Thorn said. “After having a dispute with another union in the company, they were detained and sacked.” “It’s unfair because they didn’t start the dispute,” he added.

... “The CCAWDU expresses disappointment […], it is unfair and cannot be accepted,” it said.

It noted that before the incident, CCAWDU wanted to promote better working conditions for QMI garment factory workers...

Factory representatives could not be reached for comment ...

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Article
11 May 2019

Cambodia: A union urges authorities to release its two members who are arrested for allegedly instigating violence

Author: Davin Sen, Khmer Times

"Union urges police to free two members", 10 May 2019

The Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union ... appealed to Kandal provincial military police to free two members who were arrested for allegedly instigating violence outside the QMI factory in Ang Snuol district earlier this month.

A CCAWDU statement claimed that the two were set upon by members of the factory’s in-house union when they went to visit it, leading to the violence.

It said that its two members had gone to the factory ... to recruit members and accused QMI union members of initiating the violence.

“We suspect that the factory’s union leaders plotted to have our members arrested because the management called police to break up the violence and its union members were released while ours were detained,” the statement said.

Ath Thorn, CCAWDU president, ... urged the provincial authorities to review the case...

Mr Thorn said that police arrested the two CCAWDU members along with two from the factory’s union who were released after they blamed his team for sparking the violence.

... “Why not arrest all those involved in the confrontation instead of only those from my union,” Mr Thorn said. “It looks like officials discriminated against the CCAWDU.”

Yun Sokhum, a District Hall official, ... said that the authorities are studying the case.

Provincial military police officers could not be reached for comment ...

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