The Phnom Penh Municipal Court is slated to hear the long-standing court cases of six union leaders on Friday, according a court’s statement.
Court spokesman Ly Sophanna requested that Choung Chou Ngy, lawyer defending the union leaders attend the hearing on Friday morning.
The hearing date is set as Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday urged relevant ministry officials to speed up and end the lawsuits against union leaders by the end of the year.
Union leaders were charged with intent to commit violence, intent to damage, threats to damage, and obstruction of the traffic, which took place between December 25, 2013 and January 13, 2014 at Canadia Industrial Park in Phnom Penh, the document said.
Union leaders who are facing 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; former unionist Rong Chhun; and Mom Nhim, president of the National Independent Federation Textile Union of Cambodia.
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.
Mr Hun Sen also said that all union leaders embroiled in lawsuits had to send their cases to the Labour Ministry, which will then be working with Justice Ministry and courts to end the cases.