The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia on Tuesday called the recent strike conducted by Bowker Garment Factory workers in Kandal province illegal.
Last week, about 2,000 workers in Kandal’s Angsoul district conducted a strike to demand better working conditions and the return of a sacked unionist. However, their numbers have since dwindled and most have returned to work.
In a statement on Tuesday, GMAC said it has seen an increase in illegal strikes in the garment, footwear and travel goods sector.
“These illegal actions led by some ill-intentioned unions negatively impacts the investment climate in this sector at a time that we are currently facing the threat of the withdrawal of EBA by the European Union,” it said.
GMAC was referring to a review of the Kingdom’s EBA due to perceived setbacks on human rights and democracy that could see the preferential trade status suspended.
Regarding workers of Bowker Garment Factory, GMAC said the strike has been ongoing since July 10 over accusations of failing to comply with legal procedures. It said both parties negotiated and that unresolved points were sent to the Arbitration Council on July 11.
It added that some workers are continuing to strike despite a return to work order by the council.
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