Cambodia: Thousands of garment workers go on strike to demand better working conditions and the reinstatement of their union leader

Author: Davin Sen, Khmer Times, Published on: 12 July 2019

"Thousands of garment workers on strike in Kandal province", 12 July 2019

Thousands of Bowker Garment Factory workers in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district are on strike to demand better working conditions and the return of their union leader. The strike began ... after the representative was fired for defending a member. A petition showed 18-points related to better working conditions.

These points include the rehiring of sacked unionist Hean Sroeun, who is also deputy of the Cambodian Development Union, and the sacking of administration chief Yong Kong.

The workers are also demanding that the company stop discriminating against union members, repair damaged parts of their factory and help send injured workers to hospital.

Chin Chambar, a worker, said Ms Sroeun was sacked after attempting to demand better working conditions.

... Ms Sroeun ... said she was sacked after she defended a union member who was accused of stealing clothes from the factory and fired.

She noted that the company was not able to prove that the union member stole, but sacked the employee regardless.

... It said out of 18 points, 16 have been agreed upon. These include the hiring of more male workers, the repair of the building to avoid water leakage and the removal of private VIP security guards from factory floors.

“The other points were agreed upon, but the points regarding Heang Sroeun and Yong Kong are still being negotiated,” it said.

Mr Kong could not be reached for comment ...

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Related companies: Bowker Garment