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Court seizes factory property

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Kandal Provincial Court officials and relevant authorities yesterday confiscated property from the Gawon Apparel factory in Kandal province’s Takhmao city after the court issued a protection warrant late last year.

Rann Bora, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, said yesterday that authorities confiscated the factory’s property, but he was not aware if it had to temporarily close.

“Factory officials can still get in and out of the factory, but the workers do not have any more work to do because the authorities have already confiscated the equipment in the factory,” he said.

Mr Bora said the workers were still demanding their salary for January and February, but the factory owner has not paid them.

In December, Kandal Provincial Court issued a protection warrant to confiscate equipment from the Gawon Apparel factory.

Last week, more than 300 workers from the factory sent a letter to the provincial court to cancel the protection warrant and open the entry gate to allow them inside to work, but authorities did not agree and began to enforce the court’s warrant.

An official who requested anonymity said the factory had to temporarily close and was not sure when it would be allowed to reopen.

Early last month, the factory fired nearly 600 employees for breaching a court warrant ordering them back to work after months of protests.

The workers had been staging protests for many months, with several staff sleeping outside the factory.

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