Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Free Trade Union president accused of attempted murder

Free Trade Union president accused of attempted murder

Free Trade Union president accused of attempted murder

130101 03
Chea Mony, president of the Free Trade Union, speaks to the Post in 2012 in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Heng Chivoan/Phnom Penh Post

The Voice Khmer Union Federation (VKUF) yesterday accused Chea Mony, president of the Free Trade Union (FTU), of attempting to murder two of its leaders, an allegation he denied.

VKUF president Long Sophat said his officials would file documents to Phnom Penh Municipal court over an incident outside the Conpress Holdings garment factory in the capital’s Meanchey district on Saturday.

“I will sue [Mony] for attempting to murder two of my officers – union leaders at Conpress,” Sophat said.

He alleged Mony had tried run down his rival union members with his car during a protest that involved about 100 workers and 20 FTU officials.

“They were lucky not to get hit,” he said. “We have evidence and witnesses. I think [Mony] did this because my union did not protest with his union – but I will let the court investigate this case.”

Mony said that if he had really wanted to run over his rivals, he would have.

“We did not try to crash into them. They are like mice and cockroaches – killing them would have been too easy.”

Mony said he and his staff, who had arrived in two cars, stopped to ask two VKUF officials why they were damaging his reputation.

“We asked why they claimed my union had accepted $3,000 to withdraw its complaint against the factory,” he said.

VKUF union leaders Song Sareoun and Chhay Nimol said Mony had driven his car at them before getting out and confronting them.

Workers at Conpress have been protesting for about a week, claiming management had sacked employees who were FTU leaders.

Ken Loo, of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, was unaware of the alleged incident, but said a review of the current memorandum of understanding, adopted in October to reduce strikes, would be carried out soon.

“It’s hard to say [how effective it’s been]. Let’s wait until after [the review] before making any comment,” he said.

On Sunday, Mony said he was withdrawing a criminal complaint filed in 2003 over the murder of his brother, FTU leader Chea Vichea, after the re-imprisonment last week of two men widely believed to have been wrongly convicted.

 

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at [email protected]nompenhpost.com
 

With assistance from Shane Worrell

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all