Fired unionists allowed back to work

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Hundreds of workers petitioned for the eight unionists to be reinstated. Supplied

Ten union activists who were fired from the Southland factory in a dispute over time off to vote returned to work on Saturday.
 
Hundreds of Southland workers petitioned the ministry for the reinstatement of the activists on Thursday.
 
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said: “After the intervention of the Minister of Labour, the employer agreed to allow them back to work.
 
“What is important is that the activists are not at fault,” he said. 
 
He said the firings showed the company discriminated against the union in the factory. 
 
Eight men and two women were fired initially. One of them, Hem Von, said he and the others were relieved they could go back to work. 
 
“We are so happy that we can go back to work as usual after the ministry intervened,” he said.
 
“Jobs are very important for us. Now we will not be unemployed.” 
 
On Friday, the Garment Manufacturing Association in Cambodia said the company did not discriminate against the union.
 
It said the union was at fault for persuading the workers to protest.
 
One thousand Southland workers came out in protest after the company cut their annual leave when they took time off to vote in the commune elections. 
 
The protesting workers returned to work on Friday.

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