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7 Cambodian Workers Arrested at Nike Contractor

Cambodian police clashed Monday with workers at a factory that makes clothing for the U.S. sportswear company Nike, arresting seven, in the latest violence linked to a strike over salaries, union organizers and rights activists said. The protest at the Taiwanese-owned Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing plant ...

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cambodian-workers-arrested-nike-subcontractor-19311324#.Ua1mckDTxe9

Last Tai Yang Strikers Hoping for Resolution

Workers who were left stranded after protests at three Tai Yang Enterprises garment factories dragged on for months earlier this year were waiting for a long awaited resolution when they attended the arbitration yesterday. The 53 employees of the Kandal provincial factory, which supplies Levi’s and ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012110659590/National-news/tai-yang-strikers-hope-for-a-resolution.html

Striking workers resign in trade-off

Tae Young factory workers have ended their strike demanding the reinstatement of 16 fired workers after the factory last week agreed to drop its legal complaints against eight of the 16 in return for the entire group’s official resignations. About 600 protesters began the strike at ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012103159487/National-news/striking-workers-resign-in-trade-off.html

Boss commits royal blunder

A Chinese factory manager sparked a near-riot in Phnom Penh yesterday morning after publicly destroying two photos of the late King Father in front of hundreds of workers. More than a thousand employees of the Top World garment factory launched an immediate strike, and threatened to ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012102359368/National-news/boss-commits-royal-blunder.html

Strikes put on pause for King Father

The Free Trade Union expects thousands of workers from across the country to join FTU president Chea Mony in paying respects to the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk on Tuesday.   To make up for the lost day of work, workers will instead work on October ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012101959307/National-news/strikes-put-on-pause-for-king-father.html

Buyers Laud Renewal of Industrial Relations Agreement

As buyers for international clothing brands yesterday praised the renewal of an agreement aimed at reducing strikes in the garment sector, labor unions and factory owners said that only proper implementation would determine the agreement’s effectiveness. Modeled after an earlier pact from 2010 to prevent work ...

Strikes at two factories stretch into weekend

More than 600 workers from Kandal province’s Tae Young Co factory yesterday continued to strike, insisting on the return of 16 dismissed workers. Yesterday’s strikes came a day after the Kandal Provincial Court delayed questioning eight of the fired workers over charges that they incited an illegal ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100559124/National-news/workers-strike-stretch-into-weekend.html

Striking the right balance

The number of strikes in Cambodia’s garment industry could be set to dip and workers could be on their way to free lunches after both sides of the industry signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday. The MoU – inked by the Garment Manufacturers Association (GMAC) in ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100459107/National-news/unions-factories-deal-to-curb-walkouts.html

Court Questions Unionist on Incitement Charges

The Kandal Provincial Court yesterday questioned labor leader Rong Chhun over allegations he incited garment factory workers to stage an illegal strike, a court official said. A director at the Tai Yang garment factory in Ang Snuol district- which supplies apparel to U.S. brands Levi Strauss, ...

Union boss grilled on incitement allegation

The president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions Rong Chhun appeared in Kandal Provincial Court for nearly three hours yesterday, fielding questions stemming from accusations of incitement and defamation, the union boss said. According to Chhun, his appearance was related to a complaint alleging that he had incited ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092858972/National-news/union-boss-faces-charges-for-inciting-strike.html

Negotiations Planned to Improve Relations in Garment Sector

Negotiations between the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) and unions over a landmark agreement aimed at reducing strike action will be held on October 3, representatives said yesterday. The original agreement on improving industrial relations in the garment sector was signed in October 2010 by ...

Union boss adds another strike to plate

With a court date hanging over his head for his involvement in the Tai Yang factories strike in Kandal province, Cambodian Confederation of Unions president Rong Chhun yesterday intervened in another garment dispute, this time in Kampong Speu province. About 1,000 workers entered day five of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092158840/National-news/union-boss-picks-another-fight.html

500 Garment Workers Protest Over Unpaid Wages

About 500 garment workers gathered in front of their factory in Kompong Speu province yesterday to protest that the factory had not paid their full salary for August, a worker representative said yesterday. The protest started on Tuesday at Sien-Atree Co. Ltd. in Samraong Tong district ...

Tide changes at Ocean as factory pays strikers

Ocean Garment, the Phnom Penh-based clothing manufacturer at the centre of sexual harassment claims and an illegal strike that lasted more than two weeks, has agreed to compensate more than 2,500 workers for wages lost during the protests, a move union advocates have highlighted as ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012091058601/National-news/rare-win-for-ocean-garment-strikers.html

Garment Workers Continue Tax Deductions Protest

About 600 garment workers of the Top Form factory in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district continued protesting yesterday against new income tax deductions from their pay outside the factory after police blocked them from marching on National Road 5. Workers have been protesting since Friday against ...

Bra factory workers look to ministry for support

About 300 workers entered their sixth day of strikes yesterday at a bra factory in the capital, which manufactures lingerie supplied to Victoria’s Secret and Valentino, but their hopes of a quick resolution were dashed when a Ministry of Social Affairs official admitted he was ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012090758559/National-news/bra-factory-strikers-look-to-ministry-for-support.html

Garment Workers Set Tires on Fire as Tax Protest Continues

About 600 garment factory workers continued their strike in Phnom Penh yesterday, setting car tires alight to protest what they said were unfair salary cuts but factory representatives and labor officials described as a normal tax on income. “The factory told us that they cut our ...

Incitement Charge for Chhun

Global brands Levi’s and Gap had continued slashing orders at the Tai Yang and Camwell factories in Kandal province, costing the company that owns them about US$6 million, its manager claimed yesterday. Tai Yang Enterprises manager Wu Minghuor said the brands had reduced their orders from ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012083058388/National-news/labour-leader-summonsed-to-court.html

'Suspicious suspect' in Bavet shooting named

Police in Svay Rieng province said yesterday a Bavet town police officer had been under court-ordered supervision since last week on suspicion of being involved in the February shooting at a garment factory protest in the Special Economic Zone there. Provincial police chief Prach Rim said ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012083058386/National-news/suspicious-suspect-in-bavet-shooting-named.html

Garment Demonstrators Request to Hold Protest

Workers from the Ocean Garment factory, who have been protesting outside the plant in Pur Senchey district for weeks, will file a request with Phnom Penh City Hall today to allow them to continue their demonstrations in front of the Ministry of Social Affairs and ...

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