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Union leader skips brewer appeal case

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Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation leader Sar Mora.

Union leader skips brewer appeal case

The leader of a food workers’ union didn’t show up at the Appeal Court despite being summonsed on Wednesday over a harassment case filed by brewer Cambrew.

Sar Mora claimed he didn’t appear for interrogation because he wasn’t given enough time to prepare for the trial. The summons was sent last Friday.

“I was not able to appear because my lawyer said the time is too short – we are not able to prepare everything. We were just able to find a lawyer [on Tuesday]."

“We submitted a letter to request a delay of the interrogation and are currently waiting for a response from the Appeal Court. We have our reasons . . . the court sent the summons to us pretty late.”

In August 2016, Cambrew filed a $60,000 lawsuit against two union leaders, Sar Mora and Democratic Workers Union of Angkor Beer Company president Khem Mao, following a workers’ strike.

About 100 workers went on a five-day strike to urge the company to reinstate a warehouse manager who was sacked.

The company filed an appeal on March 9 and is demanding the union leader pay compensation even though it was dismissed by the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court in July last year.