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Garment factory owner asks minister for help

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Workers at Gawon Apparel, who had previously blocked a road. Supplied

The director of Gawon Apparel Co, Ltd has sued the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) for not following a court decision and has asked the Minister of Labour to take action to open the gates of the factory.

Chha Kbong Hy, 49, the director of Gawon Apparel in Kandal province’s Takmao town, said in a letter sent to Labour Minister Ith Samheng which Khmer Times obtained on Sunday that C.CAWDU officials led the workers to block National Road 21 and also blocked the gates of the factory, which stopped the factory from completing orders for buyers.

“The Kandal provincial court issued a court protection warrant and ordered all protesters to go back to work as normal in 48 hours, but these union officials led by Rann Bora, Prak Chanthorn and Kris Chantha still led the workers to strike and block the gates of the factory,” she said.

She added that they threatened other workers who attempted to go to work and set up a tent in front of the factory gates and said they would use violence again any who returned to work.

Earlier this month, Gawon Apparel fired nearly 600 staff for breaching a court warrant ordering them to go back to work after months of protests.

Full story in Monday’s paper.

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