Cambodia: The Court of Appeal overturns the provincial court's ruling ordering unionists to pay compensation to a company

Author: Sarom Kim, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 29 December 2018

"Union leader wins appeal", 28 December 2018

The Appeal Court … overruled a Preah Sihanouk provincial court verdict that ordered a former union leader to pay $3,000 to Cambrew Ltd, the Sihanoukville-based brewers of Angkor Beer over a 2016 strike…

Democratic Workers Union of Angkor Beer Company president Khem Mao told the appeal judge, Nguon Im, … that he did not lead the strike held in front of the Cambrew brewery in Preah Sihanouk province on August 20, 2016.

Hong Sambath, Mao’s defence lawyer, said the strike was called to demand the company reinstate union leader, Lim Roth, who was dismissed. This meant Mao had nothing to do with organising the industrial action, he had merely joined the strike, he said.

“I think the appeal court overturning the ruling ordering me to pay $3,000 in compensation is fair because the company should not have filed a lawsuit against me just because I participated in a strike,” Mao told ...

Mao said the company wrongly believed him to be a member of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation, led by Sar Mora.

The company filed the lawsuit after the strike affected the company’s production and demanded Mora and Mao pay $60,000 in compensation…

Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW) president Pav Sina said he believed that human rights group members, union leaders and activists do not normally receive justice...

Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union … president Ath Thorn said it was positive that the Appeal Court had overturned the provincial court ruling…

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Related companies: Angkor Beer Cambrew