Some unions slam strike threat

A group of pro-government and independent unions have condemned an announcement by Free Trade Union (FTU) president Chea Mony, who last week told the press that members of his union and others would hold mass strikes and protests if acting president of the Cambodia National ...

Mom Kunthear

Free Unionists, FTU pleads

The Free Trade Union has sent a letter to police seeking the release of two union officials arrested on Tuesday over protests at the Cerie garment factory in Kampong Speu province. ... ...

Sen David

No word on inquests into unionists’ killings

Fast approaching six months since its creation, a special commission to investigate the cold-case killings of three union figures, including Free Trade Union president Chea Vichea, has nothing to report. ... ...

Vong Sokheng and Pech Sotheary

FTU president claims leaders fired unfairly

A national garment workers union has asked the government to reinstate 15 of its local union leaders it claims were fired simply due to their union membership. ... ...

Pech Sotheary

Garment workers protest firing of lead Unionists

More than 300 garment workers at the Shui Yat factory in Kompong Speu province’s Chbar Mon City entered a second day of strikes on Monday over the firing of two leaders of the factory’s chapter of the Free Trade Union (FTU). ... ...

Khy Sovuthy

FTU boss says no cash for election

Chea Mony, the Free Trade Union president who announced in July that he was stepping down from his post, has said the union does not yet have the money available to hold a congress to vote in a new president. ... ...

Mom Kunthear

FTU boss to sit out meet

The president of the Free Trade Union is slated to boycott this morning’s final meeting to discuss the trade union law, held at the Ministry of Labour. ... ...

Mom Kunthear

Over 70 faint at Kompong Speu garment factory

More than 70 workers fainted over three days at a garment factory in Kompong Speu province after complaining of difficulty breathing, a unionist and employee said Monday. ... ...

Buth Kimsay

Union president Chea Mony to be welcomed into CNRP

Chea Mony said Monday that he would fulfill a longtime ambition and join the CNRP when he relinquishes his position as head of the Free Trade Union (FTU), which was formed in 1996 by his slain brother Chea Vichea and opposition leader Sam Rainsy. ... ...

Sek Odom and Matt Blomberg

Rainsy tells FTU to push for $180

Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Sam Rainsy yesterday told unionists that his party supports a minimum wage increase in the Kingdom’s garment industry to $180 per month in 2016. ... ...

Mom Kunthear

Union chief’s new calling: factory land broker

As Free Trade Union officials were putting together a list of demands for striking workers at a factory in Kompong Speu province on Tuesday, the union’s president, Chea Mony, was in Kampot province inspecting a plot of land for a Chinese firm looking to set ...

Sek Odom and Matt Blomberg

Cold-case union killings to be probed

The government has formed a special inter-ministerial commission to investigate the murders of three union leaders, including the slaying of former Free Trade Union (FTU) president Chea Vichea, whose brother and successor was yesterday among voices cynical of the move. The directive, signed by Prime Minister ...

Meas Sokchea and Shaun Turton

Hundreds strike at K Speu garment factory

Workers at A & J Carter (Cambodia) Limited in Kampong Speu province’s Samrong Tong district protested outside the factory yesterday, continuing a strike that began five days ago. ... ...

Chhay Channyda

Beaten garment workers file police complaints

Three members of the Free Trade Union on Thursday filed complaints against members of a rival union for allegedly beating them with bamboo sticks and banana tree branches during a clash outside Phnom Penh’s SH International garment factory on Wednesday morning. ... ...

Aun Pheap

Three injured in clash between rival Labor Unions

Three members of the Free Trade Union were hospitalized after being beaten by members of a rival union during a protest Wednesday morning at the SH International garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district, union and police officials said. ... ...

Aun Pheap

Union asks Japanese to examine ‘assaults’

A Cambodian labour union this week sent a letter to the Japanese Embassy, asking for help dealing with reported violence against workers at a Japanese-owned garment factory in Kampong Speu province. ... ...

Pech Sotheary

Factory payout lacking: union

Workers at a factory that recently shuttered due to bankruptcy protested yesterday and vowed to continue to do so, after they were paid only part of their severance stipulated under the Kingdom’s Labour Law. Kui Xing factory in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district closed its doors ...

Mom Kunthear and Sean Teehan

Fifty faint after machine catches fire at shoe factory

About 50 female workers fainted at a shoe factory in Kompong Chhnang province Saturday when an embossing machine burst into flames, causing smoke and fumes to fill part of the plant, a union official said Sunday. ... ...

Hay Pisey

Workers say shuttered factory managers took them hostage

A Chinese-owned garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district locked up about 300 workers for two hours on Wednesday morning to force them to accept reduced salary payouts before it shuttered operations due to financial losses, union officials and the former workers said Thursday. ...

Mech Dara

CNRP to screen banned film on slain union leader Chea Vichea

The opposition CNRP plans to screen the banned documentary film “Who Killed Chea Vichea?” this week to mark the 11th anniversary of the Free Trade Union (FTU) leader’s assassination in front of a newspaper stall in Phnom Penh on January 22, 2004. CNRP public affairs director ...

Kuch Naren

Human Rights Watch Finds Widespread Anti-Union Practices

In a new report highlighting abuse in Cambodia’s garment industry, Human Rights Watch has called on the Cambodian government to cease “intimidation and threats” against workers. The group interviewed nearly 200 factory workers from 55 different factories, and found that anti-union discrimination and poor workers conditions ...

Kong Sothanarith

Unionists to await trial from jail cell

Eight unionists charged with incitement after a strike at Kampong Speu province's Sabrina Garment factory will remain in custody after the Supreme Court yesterday denied their request for bail. ... Presiding Judge Cheum Rithy yesterday said the court is nearly finished questioning witnesses, and that the ...

Mom Kunthear, P.3

Questions over strike violence

A Kampong Speu judge released the vice-president and a member of the Free Trade Union on bail yesterday after the court questioned the two about their alleged roles in a violent demonstration at Sabrina Garment factory. ... ...

Mom Kunthear

Workers split on call to rally

Union workers and leaders appeared divided yesterday on the question of whether to support the opposition party’s planned three-day demonstration at Freedom Park. Campaign promises from the Cambodia National Rescue Party to raise minimum monthly salaries to $150 seemed to have struck a chord with garment ...

Chhay Channyda and Sean Teehan

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