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7 Dec 2020

Kim Kelly & Soy Sros, Dissent Magazine

Cambodia: Soy Sros, garment worker & union leader imprisoned after Facebook post criticising employer’s response to pandemic, faces ongoing health and work issues

“The Cambodian Garment Workers Imprisoned for Speaking Out”, 01 December 2020

Since I returned, the employer is not giving any value to me at all. I am treated quite differently from the others … I am now strictly monitored by a fairly senior manager whenever I go to get some drinking water or go to the toilet. I feel that the surveillance has increased compared to before my arrest.

Saim, the manager who filed charges against me, is still monitoring my movements strictly, which frustrates me.

In my work, I connect the handles to the bag. One of my colleagues put the name of the bag upside down on around 1,000 handbags. The employer wanted to give me a warning letter for that too. I also refused.

I feel that I have been affected by my imprisonment. When I drive around, and suddenly someone uses their horn, I get very startled.

I would like to tell the consumers that they should urge the brands and employers to respect workers’ rights and the unions’ rights. That they shouldn’t fear the unions, but instead give us respect.