Unions reluctant to join CPP

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Some unions seem reluctant to answer the CPP’s call for unionised workers to be allowed to join tomorrow’s launch of campaigning for the June 4 commune elections.
 
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of the Movement of Workers, said his members were afraid their employers would dock their pay if they skipped work to turn up for the CPP’s Phnom Penh rally.
 
“Our union worker members will definitely vote on commune election day on June 4, but we can’t guarantee that they can attend the rallies tomorrow,” said Mr Sina.
 
“If the CPP wants them to turn up, they must first think about their salaries. They might face salary cuts. Worse still, they might lose their jobs.”
 
On Wednesday, CPP’s chief of cabinet Mom Sarin issued a written directive to all provincial CPP branches with an order from Prime Minister Hun Sen telling all workers in the country to attend the ruling party’s opening rallies on Saturday and Sunday.
 
“The parades must have as many workers as possible,” wrote Mr Sarin quoting Mr Hun Sen.
 
Yang Sophorn, president of the Cambodia Alliance of Trade Unions, also said his union members would find it difficult to get time off to join the CPP rallies.
 
“Most of my union members are worried that their pay will be cut. The government should think about them instead of just giving a blanket order,” he said.
 
The opposition CNRP has also urged workers to join their opening rallies.
 
“But we won’t force them if it affects their working hours,” Mu Sochua, a CNRP vice president, said. According to the National Election Commission, campaigning for the June 4 commune elections will start tomorrow and end on June 2.

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