Nearly 100 employees of Crown Beverage Cans in Sihanoukville town’s Sangkat 1 yesterday protested outside the factory after one of their colleagues was fired for attempting to set up a union.
Workers said Sung Sov was dismissed on Tuesday after he attempted to organise colleagues to unionise.
An Rama, a Cambodian Labour Confederation representative in Sihanoukville, said Mr Sov was committed to helping his fellow workers and wanted to set up a union within their company to protect staff rights.
“After the company found out that workers wanted to join a union, they called on employees to stop the action and fired Mr Sov from his job. The workers had wanted to elect him president of the company union,” Mr Rama said.
Mr Sov said the firm had discriminated against him and other workers who wanted to create a union.
“Under the law, staff have the right to set up a union to protect each other when employers breach workers’ rights,” he said.
Yov Khemera, chief of Sihanoukville’s Labour Department, said it would investigate the case to see if Mr Sov was at fault. “If he was not at fault, the Labour Department will send a letter to the company ordering it to take him back,” he said.