More than 200 workers from the Prestige Garment factory in Kandal province yesterday continued a protest over the sacking of a colleague who tried to form a union.
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said that more workers came out to demand their colleague’s reinstatement and the right to form a union yesterday after about 100 began protesting on Monday.
“We suggest the authorities find a solution for them soon because the issue has not been resolved yet,” he said. “The workers want to form a union which is allowed by the law and the authorities should not let the company violate the law and the workers’ rights.”
In a petition, the workers said that their colleague Houn Sovit attempted to create a local union and demand that the management should not cut the wages of employees who take emergency leave.
The workers are also demanding the company extend their work contracts from two months to six months.
Mr Sovit on Monday said that he was fired on Saturday after management found out about his intentions to form a union.
“In some cases, the company violates workers’ rights. The company will not allow workers to take emergency leave,” he said. “The company also finds fault with workers and that’s why we want to create a local union to protect workers’ rights and help demand our rights from the company.”
He said that the company sacked him after the workers voted to form the union last week and made him its president.
“I have not done anything wrong,” he said. “The workers have the right to form a local union to protect their rights according to the union law, so why did the company fire me without giving any proper reason?”
Company representatives could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Lim Sarum, a provincial labour department official, yesterday said that the department received a complaint over the issue.
“We are aware of the issue,” he said. “Our officials are now trying to meet all parties to find a solution.”