Ten unionists from the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) were given suspended six-month prison sentences on Monday, resulting from violence at the E Garment factory in Kandal province almost three years ago.
The court found that the C.CAWDU members, former employees of the factory, were involved in a clash with four other workers – who were also given suspended sentences – in July 2010.
The opposing parties were ordered to pay each other $3,000.
C.CAWDU, however, claims its union members were victims of an attack.
“They did not hit anyone, but they were seriously beaten,” said Um Visal, a C.CAWDU legal officer.
E Garment officials and a factory-aligned union could not be reached yesterday.
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