Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Monopia workers handed ultimatum




Monopia workers handed ultimatum

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Monopia factory garment workers stage a protest in front of Kampong Speu’s Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training office on Friday. Photo supplied

Monopia workers handed ultimatum

Two dismissed worker representatives called on workers of Monopia (Cambodia) to abide by the court order, stop protesting and return to work.

Six hundred Monopia employees launched a protest in front of their factory in Samrong Tong district, Kampong Speu province on November 14 after they heard two of their representatives were dismissed.Seven workers were also suspended.

The provincial court gave a 48-hour ultimatum to the workers, instructing them to return to work.

A dismissed worker representative, Oeun Channy, told The Post on Monday that after subsequent protests, hundreds of workers gathered in front of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training last week.

They appealed to the ministry for the factory to reinstate the seven workers and two worker representatives.

Channy said during the protests, the provincial court issued its second ruling, ordering all the workers to return to work within 48 hours. But as of Monday afternoon, many workers still refused to return to work, he said.

As the legal worker representative, Channy urged them to return to work so they would not go against the court order and disrupt any legal procedure.

Channy said: “I asked all workers to return to work first because the court issued an ultimatum.

“We will follow the procedures of the Arbitration Council, where we filed a complaint seeking a resolution. After the council makes a decision we would still have the right to protest,” he said.

Ministry spokesman Heng Sour, General Secretariat of the Committee for Settlement of Strikes and Demonstrations, deputy secretary-general Tes Rokhaphal and Monopia administrative manager Sam Sochea could not be reached for comments on Tuesday.

But Sochea previously told The Post: “The factory will not reinstate the worker representatives as after one week of observation, the Labour Inspector of the provincial Department of Labour approved their dismissal due to serious misconduct.”

Collective Union of Movement of Workers president Pav Sina said the dispute could get worse when the factory uses the judicial system to replace the dispute resolution mechanism and pressure the workers.

He said: “As a better solution, employers should not use the court system and the court should also look into factory owners using court orders to dismiss workers.

“They should not use it. We have a legal system as a basis so if all workers carry out their work in a transparent manner, we can use the Labour Law.”

Sina suggested that the ministry should order the factory to reinstate the worker representatives and suspended workers.

He added that the decision must have the power to require the factory owner to respect and avoid using the justice system.

MOST VIEWED

  • Body of woman killed in Bangkok returns

    The Cambodian embassy in Thailand is working to repatriate the body of a casino dealer who was shot dead in Bangkok on Monday night. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Kuy Kuong told The Post on Wednesday that officials are preparing paperwork to

  • Chikungunya hits 15 provinces, says gov’t

    Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Thursday that the chikungunya outbreak in the Kingdom has spread to 15 provinces. Some 1,700 people are now suspected to have the disease. Vandine urged people to prevent its further spread by eliminating shelters for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

  • Gov’t exempts visa A and B holders from Covid fees

    Airline passengers who are diplomats and officials of international organisations holding Type A and B visas for travel to Cambodia are exempted from paying Covid-19 testing fees, said the Ministry of Health in its latest adjustment of rules on Wednesday. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng

  • Bill covering dress code draws ire

    Ministry of Interior secretary of state Ouk Kim Lek responded on Tuesday to criticism concerning a draft law that would ban women from wearing overly revealing clothing, saying that input from all parties will be considered as the law moves through the promulgation process. Several

  • Passing the test: Is Cambodia’s education system failing its people?

    The Kingdom’s education system needs to grow its people but some flaws might stifle​ this growth Coming from the Khmer Rouge occupation, with the loss of many scholars and academicians and a collapsed government, the education system had to be reconstructed from scratch – one

  • What’s the deal with Cambodia and China’s FTA?

    Cambodia’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China kicks off a series of FTAs in future but for now, critics wonder what else the parties could bring to the table apart from what it already has to date By the end of this year, Cambodia