Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Workers ask for release of unionists



Workers ask for release of unionists

Around 70 workers stand outside the offices of Prime Minister Hun Sen's cabinet in Phnom Penh demanding the release of four jailed unionists. National Police
Around 70 workers stand outside the offices of Prime Minister Hun Sen's cabinet in Phnom Penh demanding the release of four jailed unionists. National Police

Workers ask for release of unionists

Around 70 workers from the Cosmo Textile garment factory yesterday submitted a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet asking for the release of four unionists arrested from their factory for allegedly conducting an illegal protest.

Two of the unionists were dismissed from the factory for allegedly failing to stamp their attendance cards and went on strike inside the factory the following day. The two – Chhean Vannak and Moeun Chhit – were summonsed to the Kandal court last week, along with witness Lok Neang, and then arrested. Unionist Phan Sary was arrested later.

The petition called for their release, with workers saying they would not return to work until the four were out of prison. Ouen Kim Chhoeun, a worker, said she was afraid more workers might be arrested for supporting the four.

“I heard rumours that my name was among four male workers and two or three female workers who will be arrested,” he said.

He added that a co-worker claimed police visited his house to arrest him as well, but Thi Chiv Chantha, deputy police chief for Ang Snuol district, said that no more warrants had been issued.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Quarantine site in north Phnom Penh inaugurated

    A four-building quarantine centre in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district was formally inaugurated on January 6. The centre can house up to 500 people, according to Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng. At the inauguration ceremony, Sreng said the municipal hall had cooperated with the Ministry

  • More than 5K workers rush from Thailand amid outbreak

    Following the recent outbreak of Covid-19 in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province, Cambodian migrants working in Thailand were gripped by worry over the situation and many rushed to return to their homeland. Over the past 10 days, more than 5,000 migrant workers have returned from Thailand through