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End strike or go to court, gov’t says

End strike or go to court, gov’t says

If management at SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd. does not sign on to an agreement, which would end a three-month strike at the factory, the next stop is court.

Ministry of Labour officials are scheduled to sit down with SL management this morning, during which the ministry will try to talk SL into signing on to an agreement with the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), said Sat Sakmoth, secretary of state at the labor ministry.

“If they still refuse to accept the agreement, I will send their case to the court,” Sakmoth said.

Among other stipulations, the agreement would require SL to rehire 19 fired union leaders and activists and drop a lawsuit SL filed against them, which alleges that these former employees are responsible for profits lost. The Ministry of Labour last Friday ordered SL to rehire the workers.

Joseph Kee Leung Lee, director of SL International Holdings, yesterday said he could not comment on the 19 workers, because of SL’s pending lawsuit.

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