Nearly 500 workers at the Bai Hong factory in Svay Rieng province went on strike today after the company fired three representatives who were in the process of forming a union.
Pav Sina, CUMW president, said that the workers went on strike after the three representatives were fired on January 5 following the workers choosing them to form the union.
He noted that the factory, which produces lighting, is located in the special economic in Svay Teab district
Mr Sina said that companies are increasingly discriminating against local union leaders and activists even though the right to form unions and freedom of union is guaranteed by the law.
“Recently there have been many cases of companies firing worker representatives who were trying to form unions according to the law,” he said.
Phon Mesa, a worker who was fired, yesterday said that he and the other two representatives were sacked by the factory owner after organising a vote to select union leaders.
“We just organised a vote to select the union leaders in the company and there was no result yet,” he said. “The company came to know about it and terminated our contracts.”
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