Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sacked bus drivers resume protest at Capitol HQ

Sacked bus drivers resume protest at Capitol HQ

A former Capitol Bus Company driver holds a sign during a protest in Phnom Penh yesterday morning.
A former Capitol Bus Company driver holds a sign during a protest in Phnom Penh yesterday morning. Pha Lina

Sacked bus drivers resume protest at Capitol HQ

A group of former Capitol bus drivers who say they were sacked for trying to form a union resumed demonstrating over the weekend.

Of the 45 sacked bus drivers, 30 protested outside Capitol’s headquarters in Prampi Makara district, again demanding their jobs back and asking the government to intervene.

The protest lasted two days despite local authorities confiscating banners and loudspeakers, citing public order concerns.

Former bus driver Kem Thy yesterday said Capitol was using the court system to pressure drivers into ceasing their protests.

Several have been detained for handing out flyers while one driver and a union leader face charges in relation to a protest at Capitol in February that turned violent.

Thy also claimed that Capitol, since firing them, had withheld their driver’s licenses and other documents, making it hard for them to find new jobs.

“We cannot find other jobs if our driver’s license is with the company,“ he said.

However, Hor Kok Oy, assistant to Capitol’s director, said the documents were handed over to the drivers, who refused to take them back.

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