Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Workers protest for reversal of union rep sacking

Workers protest for reversal of union rep sacking

Workers from Kampong Speu protest at the Ministry of Labour yesterday, demanding an improvement to their working conditions.
Workers from Kampong Speu protest at the Ministry of Labour yesterday, demanding an improvement to their working conditions. Pha Lina

Workers protest for reversal of union rep sacking

More than 300 workers from an electronics factory in Kampong Speu brought a week-long protest to the doorstep of the Ministry of Labour yesterday, demanding the government force their employer to re-hire a dismissed unionist and improve working conditions.

Free Trade Union head Yung Leap said the workers’ priority was that the company, I Sound Cable Cambo Co Ltd, re-employ Tak Kim Chheng, a worker and the deputy chief of the FTU in the factory, who was sacked last month.

The protesters also sought compensation for workplace-related injuries, an easier process to secure annual leave and a three-month maternity leave payment in one lump sum, to help new mothers cover hospital bills.

Chheng said workers had frequently come to him with complaints before he was fired. “I was fired . . . because I always demand better working conditions for workers,” he said. “It is unfair.”

Oy Sinat, the chief of administration at the company, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Worker Khat Molin said she now feared for her job. “Now the employers ordered us to come back to work; if not, they will fire us,” she said.

A letter from the ministry to the protesters said it would find a solution for them today and asked them to return to work.

Ministry spokesman Hong Sour could not be reached for comment.

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