Cambodia: Three local union leaders of Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions dismissed

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training’s Department of Labour Dispute director Chrun Theravong decided on May 7 to dismiss assistant shop steward and union activist Kon Soch, vice-president of the local factory union Ek Sarun, and secretary of the local factory union Sok Kong, at the request of Roo Hsing Garment. Roo Hsing Garment said the employees violated Article 83 of the Labour Law, which prohibits employees from a slew of punishable actions including making threats, committing fraud, stealing and inciting other workers to commit offences.

The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (Catu) released a statement requesting that Roo Hsing Garment Co Ltd reinstate three dismissed union officials after the organisation deemed their dismissal unsubstantiated and unfair.

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14 May 2020

Cambodia: Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions condemns the dismissal of its three local union leaders & calls on Minister of Labour to reinstate its members

Author: CATU

"Statement On The Decision Of The Head Of The Department Of Labour Disputes In Refusing To Resolve The Collective Labour Dispute At Roo Hsing Garment Co., Ltd.", 13 May 2020

The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU) condemns the decision of the Head of the Department of Labour Dispute in refusing to resolve the collective labour dispute of the Cambodian Union of Roo Hsing Garment Co., Ltd as this decision is a case of severe injustice liable to restrict the ability and freedom of the Cambodian Union of Roo Hsing Garment Co., Ltd, as well as other local unions in other factories, in protecting the rights and interests of their members.

…, officials of the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions went to the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training with the Cambodian Union of Roo Hsing Garment Co., Ltd to participate in a conciliation of the collective labour dispute which the Cambodian Union of Roo Hsing Garment Co., Ltd submitted to the Head of the Department of Labour Disputes .... However, when we arrived at the conciliation, Ministry officials told us that they requested to remove the second point of demand (which requested the factory reinstated the workers’ representatives and trade union leaders be reinstated) and refused to resolve our collective labour dispute for the reason that the Ministry had determined that this labour dispute was an individual dispute and not a collective labour dispute…

The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions calls on the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, and in particular, His Excellency Ith Samheng, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, to reverse this decision and determine this labour dispute as a collective labour dispute.

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14 May 2020

Cambodia: Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions expresses disappointment with the Ministry of Labour's decision to dismiss its three local union leaders

Author: CATU

"Statement On The Decision Of The Ministry Of Labour And Vocational Training At Roo Hsing Garment Co., Ltd.", 11 May 2020

The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU) is extremely disappointed with Letter No. 460 KB/AK/VK, …, of the Department of Labour Disputes which authorised Roo Hsing Garment Co., Ltd. to terminate three CATU members from employment without referring to any clear evidence. According to this letter, the Department of Labour Disputes has authorised Roo Hsing to terminate Mr. Ek Sarun, Vice-President of the local factory union, Mr. Sok Kong, Secretary of the local factory union and Mr. Kon Soch, an assistant shop steward and a local union activist.

…, Roo Hsing accused the three above CATU members of having met together to form a plan to stop work together … in order for the company to allow workers to go home during Khmer New Year…, workers in the finishing section stopped work for almost two hours.

The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions would like to publicly confirm that, of the more-than-400 workers who stopped work …, CATU has extremely few members…, CATU does not know the reason why those sections stopped work, as CATU’s local union was not related to this work stoppage. In particular, the three CATU members above never formed plans or incited other workers as accused by the company…

These terminations will have severe effects for these three workers …

The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions would also like to call on all brands and local trade unions at Roo Hsing to support our demands for the company to reinstate these three CATU members and intervene to have the company resolve this case with us…

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13 May 2020

Cambodia: Ministry of Labour dismisses three union members of Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions upon a request from employers; CATU calls for reinstatement of its members

Author: Long Kimmarita, The Phnom Penh Post

"Catu urges reinstatement of three dismissed unionists", 12 May 2020

The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (Catu) released a statement requesting that Roo Hsing Garment Co Ltd reinstate three dismissed union officials after the organisation deemed their dismissal unsubstantiated and unfair.

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training’s Department of Labour Dispute director Chrun Theravong decided … to dismiss assistant shop steward and union activist Kon Soch, vice-president of the local factory union Ek Sarun, and secretary of the local factory union Sok Kong, at the request of Roo Hsing Garment.

Roo Hsing Garment said the employees violated Article 83 of the Labour Law, which prohibits employees from a slew of punishable actions including making threats, committing fraud, stealing and inciting other workers to commit offences.

The statement, …, said in mid-April Roo Hsing Garment accused the three of formulating a plan to have all employees stop working at the factory … to pressure their employers into allowing them to take a vacation during Khmer New Year…

Catu president Yang Sophorn told … that the union was left speechless when the director of the Department of Labour Dispute of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training had allowed the company to dismiss the three.

She also said Catu would file a complaint with international buyers to persuade them to intervene in the case in addition to filing a complaint with the Minister of Labour…

Ministry spokesman Heng Sour told … that its officials had handled the case according to law, and that the three had incited workers to commit a serious mistake…

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