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Garment workers accuse company of hiring thugs to disrupt protest

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Garment workers from City Spark Cambodian Co Ltd protest for better working conditions. Nokorwat

Garment workers from City Spark Cambodian Co Ltd in Por Senchey district today filed a complaint with police alleging that the company hired gangsters to break up a protest for better working conditions on Tuesday.

Nhang Sambo, president of Khmer Help Khmer Union Federation, said that on Tuesday evening, more than 500 garment workers of the company in Kanthok commune staged a protest outside the factory to demand better working conditions and for the company to allow them to form a union.

“The workers could not tolerate the company’s refusal to let them form a union to push for better working conditions so they came out to protest against it,” he said.

Mr Sambo said that during the protest nearly ten gangsters, armed with sticks and hoes, attacked them, but no one was injured seriously.

“A few workers were slightly injured after the gangsters hit them,” he said. “The gangsters came to break up the protest and later left the area, leaving behind the sticks and hoes.”

Mr Sambo said that the workers claimed that the company had hired the gangsters to break up the protest and decided to ask police to intervene.

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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