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Nex-t Apparel factory sues employees for damage

Nex-t Apparel has filed a lawsuit against its workers for damaging factory property during their ongoing strike.

More than 200 workers smashed windows, bikes, cupboards, flower pots and other items in the factory last Saturday.

“We demand that the court find justice for the company,” Chea Sovann Chansambath, the administrative manager of Nex-t Apparel, said.

She declined to state how much the company is asking for in damages.

San Sopha, the dispute resolution officer for the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, said it had not been the workers’ intention to damage company property.

Instead, it was an unfortunate consequence of the workers’ frustration against the company.

He said the damage caused by the workers was not as serious as the company claimed and denounced it for using the legal system against its workers.

“The company cannot end the problem through a lawsuit, and the strike will continue until the workers’ demands are met,” Sopha said.

The workers will continue to strike outside the factory, regardless of the lawsuit.

Company representatives, factory workers, union representatives and local officials held a meeting yesterday to find a resolution, but it ended in deadlock.

The Nex-t Apparel factory workers are demanding better pay, better work conditions and the reinstatement of three fired union members.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at kunthear.mom@phnompenhpost.com

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