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Court wants to hear from labour leader

Court wants to hear from labour leader

The Kandal provincial court has again summonsed the president of the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions for questioning about her alleged incitement of the summer’s two-month-long Tai Yang factory strike.

The summon issued on Tuesday asks CATU president Yang Sophorn to appear on November 21 to answer “incitement and defamation allegations” made in a legal complaint by the general director of Tai Yang Enterprises, a supplier of Levi’s and Gap.

Sophorn already appeared in court in July in relation to the complaint against both her and Cambodian Confederation of Unions president Rong Chhun, who has been questioned twice by the court.

Sophorn said she was not worried because she did not incite workers to strike.

Sophorn said that Tai Yang workers and company representatives will meet next Monday with the Arbitration Council to discuss workers’ requests that the factory reinstate about 30 workers fired in July when they continued striking for better bonuses.

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

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