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CATU urge factory to reinstate fired union members

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The workers were terminated following accusations of inciting a work stoppage for the company. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions today called on the Ministry of Labour to intervene in the reinstatement of three of its union activists who were previously fired by the Roo Hsing Garment Co Ltd.

The workers were terminated following accusations of inciting a work stoppage for the company to allow its workers to go home for the Khmer New Year holidays.

CATU president Yang Sophorn said the union was disappointed with the letter issued by the Department of Labour Disputes, which authorised the factory to terminate three CATU members without providing any clear grounds for the decision.

The letter identified the dismissed workers as Ek Sarun, vice president of the local factory union; Sok Kong, secretary and Kon Soch, a member.

Ms Sophorn said on April 13, Roo Hsing Garment Co Ltd accused the union members of conspiring to convince other factory workers to engage in work stoppage on April 9 so the company would allow them to go home for the Khmer New Year.

Ministry of Labor spokesman Heng Sour said last month that about 95 percent of the garment workers reported for work during the Khmer New Year, in accordance to the government’s decision to cancel the holidays to curb inter-provincial travel and the risks of coronavirus transmission that go with it.

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