Factory Workers Demand Release of Eight After Protest

About 1,000 garment workers on Wednesday demonstrated outside Kompong Speu Provincial Court calling for the release of eight people arrested during a protest this week over wages at a factory supplying U.S. brand Nike, a union official said. … Fighting between the workers on Monday displayed a rift between the FTU [Free Trade Union] – which has been leading the strike for three weeks- and rival union the Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (CCAWDU), of which the majority of the factory’s about 5,000 workers are members. … [CCAWDU vice president] Mr. [Kong] Athit said…that since Monday more and more workers had returned to work, with 3,800 showing up at [Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment MFG Corp. factory].