Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged relevant ministry officials to speed up and end lawsuits against union leaders by this year.
Speaking to about 20,000 garment workers in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district today, Mr Hun Sen said that all union leaders had to send their cases to Labour Ministry which will be working with Justice Minister and courts to end the cases.
“I appeal to all union leaders who get involved with court cases, please forward those cases to Labour Ministry so that the minister works with justice minister and court to resolve it quickly,” he said.
“We have to end those cases in 2018,” Mr Hun Sen said. “I have just seen on my What’s app that Ath Thorn forwarded my previous statement to me. I have already sent it to the labour minister,” he said.
Union leaders who are facing long-standing charges include Chea Mony, former president of the Free Trade Union, Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, Yang Sophorn, president of the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions, Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Work, and former unionist Rong Chhun.
They were sued by factory owners and government officials over intent to commit violence while other charges stemmed from nationwide strikes over minimum wages between 2013 and 2017.