Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Protesters appeal to city court

Protesters appeal to city court

Protesters appeal to city court

ABOUT 200 garment workers from the capital’s Sun Ly Fong factory gathered in front of Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday to protest lawsuits filed against workers in connection with an August protest at their workplace.

In August, roughly 160 Sun Ly Fong workers took to the streets to agitate for increased pay and improved working conditions at the Meanchey district factory.

Three union representatives were dismissed for allegedly inciting the strike, and the rest were ordered to return to their jobs in an injunction signed by Municipal Court Judge Kim Dany.

Ien Pov, one of the dismissed union representatives, said outside the court yesterday that he had played no role in inciting the strikes.

“The workers agreed to hold the strikes themselves because their rights were always abused by the factory owner,” he said.

Sun Ly Fong management could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Kim Dany said that she had not yet ruled on the legality of the original strike.

The work stoppage at Sun Ly Fong came several weeks prior to the September strikes that involved thousands of workers and affected factories across the Kingdom.

Unionists say that 94 union representatives remain suspended in connection with these strikes, and that 683 were dismissed. The Garment
Manufacturers Association in Cambodia maintains, however, that only 67 representatives are suspended and 358 workers dismissed.

In a September speech, Prime Minister Hun Sen called on factory owners to drop their complaints and reach a settlement with workers that would allow them to return to their jobs.

During their strikes in August, the Sun Ly Fong workers submitted a list of eight requests to factory management, including a demand that they receive US$80 in severance pay for every year they had worked at the factory.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,