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Strike shuts down garment factory

Strike shuts down garment factory

Around 3,000 workers from the Ocean Garment Factory in Dangkor district went on strike Monday, calling for the reinstatement of seven union representatives suspended by the factory management. Sam Ty, a Free Trade Union representative at the factory, said he and six other unionists were suspended from work after protesting the introduction of overtime hours for the 3,000 workers, and promised protests would persist. “They will continue until the seven representatives are allowed to return back to work,” he said. But Lay Sokchea, chief of administration at Ocean Garments, said the union leaders “incited workers not to accept overtime work and even looked down on the owner of the factory”. He said that he asked the seven to come to the factory Monday to discuss their suspension, but that they did not show up.

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