Continuing its efforts to quell an increasing number of strikes in the Kingdom’s lucrative garment sector, the government this week issued a directive aimed at giving provincial and municipal governors powers to resolve issues at factories without calling on ministries in Phnom Penh.
“To ensure further contributions to economic growth and to solve problems for the people, the government gives [municipal] and provincial governors more duties,” states the directive, signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday and obtained yesterday.
Under the changes, provincial authorities have powers to monitor the productivity of their local factories, examine worksites, solve industrial disputes and maintain public order when workers strike. …
About 200 protesters clamoured yesterday in front of a Kandal province commune chief’s office, demanding the state take control of providing their electricity.
Yong Phany, a 32-year-old protester from Ang Snuol district’s Poeuk commune said Peoun Sambat, the private company contracted to provide electricity to the region about 10 years ago, charges far more than state prices. …
After pounding on her chest and demanding a pig’s head, fruits and flowers to be offered to the angry spirit that she believed had taken over her body, garment worker Srey Mom collapsed on the floor of the Global Factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district.
Exhausted from the “neak-ta” – or spirit – Srey Mom had fainted, setting off another 30 factory workers who also fainted yesterday over a two-hour period. All of the women were taken to the local hospital, and while the Free Trade Union blamed the latest mass-fainting on hysteria and bad air circulation, the factory workers disagreed. …
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About 300 workers continued protesting at the Master and Frank garment factory yesterday, rejecting a Kandal Provincial Court injunction ordering them back to work within 48 hours.
After the company promised to consider workers’ demands that it reinstate fired union members, workers cancelled their plans to protest at the court and Ministry of Interior but filed a complaint to the Ministry against district police whom allege beat protesters unconscious on Wednesday, said union representatives. …
Four garment workers, three of them female, were injured yesterday morning when company and police officials clashed with protesters, union representatives said yesterday.
During the demonstrations for the reinstatement of fired workers and back pay, authorities beat two workers unconscious at a protest in front of the Master and Frank factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district, while factory security officers injured two protesters at the Conpress Holdings factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, the union representatives said. …
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 Gap left dispaointed but with the possibility a a solution next week still dangling. …
Workers at the three factories in Ang Snuol district, one of which has since closed, began striking on June 25, accusing the company of not paying them seniority bonuses.
The strike involved as many as 4,000 workers over more than two months and, at its peak, was costing the company $10,000 a day, manager Wu Menghuor said. …
About 10 workers were beaten by police and military police during a protest over severance payments yesterday in Kandal province, workers and union representatives said.
Protests at Tai Yang Enterprises—which supplies clothing to U.S. brands Levi Strauss and Old Navy—in Ang Snuol district have been ongoing since May, when workers learned that the factory had changed its name to Tai Nan and became worried that their severance payments would be lost.
A peaceful march to appeal to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cabinet in Phnom Penh for help on July 11 turned violent when police officers started beating the protesters and badly injured a union representative. …
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Police have been accused of punching and shoving garment workers from Tai Yang and Camwell factories in Kandal province as the month-long strike over bonuses continued yesterday.
Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, said 11 people had been slightly injured after being attacked by about 60 police who were trying to prevent them from standing near National Road 4 in Ang Snuol district. …
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Thousands of workers from Tai Yang Enterprise, a supplier for major brands including Levis and the Gap, will move their nearly three-week-old strike from their factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district to Freedom Park in Phnom Penh tomorrow in order to bring their petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen. …
Rong Chhun said the roughly 4,000 workers also intend to get their petition to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…
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About 2,000 workers at a factory supplying clothes to U.S. brands Levi Strauss, Gap and Old Navy were stopped by security forces yesterday as they attempted to march from Kandal province to the Ministry of Labor to protest for severance payments and additional benefits.
Protests at Tai Yang Enterprises in Ang Snuol district have been ongoing since May, when workers learned that the factory had changed its name to Tai Nan and became worried that their severance payments would be lost. Workers are also demanding a total of $30 for transportation and housing fees each month. …
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About 3,000 workers at a factory supplying clothes to U.S. brands Levi Strauss and Old Navy blocked traffic for nearly five hours yesterday on National Road 4 in Kandal province, as part of a protest for more benefits and severance pay, protesters and police said.
Protests at Tai Yang Enterprises in Ang Snuol district have been ongoing since May, when workers learned that the factory had changed its name to Tai Nan and became worried that their severance payments would be lost.
Factory officials have said that the name change would not affect the workers’ payments. Additional demands include $15 each for transportation and housing fees each month. …
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Thousands of workers from factories owned by Tai Yang Enterprise in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district blocked National Road 4 for more than seven hours yesterday to push the company to meet their demands.
May Sopheaktra… said workers decided to block the road after the company…tried to disrupt the protests by broadcasting over a loudspeaker the Kandal Provincial Court’s order that strikers return to work in 48 hours. …
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The Kandal Provincial Court ordered thousands of striking garment employees back to work for the second time yesterday, but they will continue fighting until their demands are met, a union president said.
Workers at Ang Snuol district’s Tai Nan I, Tai Nan II and Camwell factories…have been striking since June 25 to have their bonuses increased. …
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Cambodian Confederation of Unions president Rong Chhun threatened yesterday to lead a march of more than 3,000 striking garment workers from Kandal province to the capital on Thursday if their employer refuses to meet their demands.
“[Workers] have already made commitments with me to march to Phnom Penh,” he said after a meeting with them at Tai Yang Enterprises’ factory in Ang Snuol district. …
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Two garment workers were injured yesterday during a factory protest in Kandal province when they clashed with 50 police and military police, a union representative said.
About 4,000 garment workers of Tai Yang Enterprises in Ang Snuol district held a protest to demand their severance payments from the factory, as well as other benefits, said Khim Chanda, a representative of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions. …
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A worker was slightly injured and more than US$100,000 in property destroyed yesterday in a fire at an oil factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district, police said.
Thach Phalla, Ang Snuol district deputy police chief, said the fire started at noon when some oil overflowed into a processing area and raged for about three hours.
Five machines, the production area and more than 30,000 litres of oil were torched in the blaze, which was eventually put out by Phnom Penh municipal fire fighters. …
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More than 20 union members and workers at a factory in Kandal province rallied around a union leader yesterday, fearing that he would be arrested after police called him in for questioning.
Lor Sopheak, national secretary-general of the Khmer Workers Power Co-operation Union [KWPCU] and an employee at the Tai Yean factory, said he had been ordered to appear at the Ang Snuol district hall yesterday over his alleged involvement in blocking National Road 4 on Saturday. …
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More than 5,000 workers went on strike in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district yesterday after discovering the owners had changed the name of their factory almost two years ago, a union representative said.
Concerned that the name change from Tai Yeng to Tai Nan in 2010 could affect the benefits they had accrued, the workers rallied outside the factory, in Bek Chan commune. …
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Two hundred tons of unmilled rice slated for export to Vietnam was destroyed in a warehouse fire in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district early yesterday morning…
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