Garment workers protest union rep dismissal

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The union says the company does not let workers pay union dues. Supplied

More than 500 garment factory workers yesterday staged a walkout at a factory in Canadia Industrial Park to protest the dismissal of their union representative.
Seang Sambath, president of the Workers Friendship Union Federation, said more than 500 garment workers at the International Fashion Royal factory in Dangkor district’s Chom Chao commune walked out in protest because their union rep, Bo Thet, was unjustly fired on Tuesday.
Mr Sambath added the factory has pressured its 1,000 workers to not pay union dues to WFUF over the past seven months, a position that Mr Thet was fighting against.
“We have not got any contributions from the workers for the past seven months because the company does not allow it,” said Mr Sambath. “The company does not have the right to order the workers not to pay the union its dues.”
Jonhny Kim, a director at International Fashion Royal, said in the dismissal letter issued to Mr Thet on Tuesday that he was sacked because he was caught stealing money from the company.
Mr Kim could not be reached for comment yesterday. Mr Thet denied the allegations of theft.
“The company accused me of stealing money and I do not accept that,” Mr Thet said. “I did not steal the company’s money. Where is the proof?”
Mr Sambath said he believes his underling was fired due to his union activities and fighting for the workers’ right to pay union dues.
“The company discriminated against the union,” he said. “They do not want to see union activity in their factory, that’s why they fired him.”

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