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(19-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Eighty faint at Kandal garment factory About 80 garment workers at a factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district fainted yesterday after seeing a co-worker collapse.

Workers at the Grand East Footwear factory said that they saw Hor Seng Houng sprint away from the factory floor after she had experienced difficulty breathing and then proceeded to faint, which prompted the other workers to follow suit.

(01-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Council drops case over Global Apparels strikes The Arbitration Council this week terminated the case involving the ongoing dispute between workers and the Malaysian-owned Global Apparels Limited factory in Phnom Penh, citing employees’ refusal to stop striking while the case was in arbitration.

(03-March-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Unionist, Neighbor Arrested After Confronting Factory Boss A unionist and his neighbor are being detained by military police in Kompong Chhnang province on accusations of slapping a female factory administrator and trying to kill her, union officials said on Wednesday while suggesting the arrests were politically motivated.

According to the Free Trade Union (FTU), the dispute started when the unionist’s wife, Sam Chreb, was fired from the factory where she worked, Horizon Outdoor, for attempting to start a branch of the FTU there.

(01-March-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Unionists Questioned Over Garment Factory Clash A national union leader and his deputy were questioned by an investigating judge at the Kompong Speu Provincial Court on Monday over a violent clash that broke out in front of the Hong Kong-owned Agile Sweater garment factory in Chbar Mon City on January 12.

Investigating Judge Men Vannak said he was trying to determine whether to press official charges against the pair, who have been provisionally charged by a prosecutor with incitement, intentional property destruction, intentional violence and disrespecting a court order.

(25-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

With job cuts on horizon, factory’s staff walks Roughly 2,000 workers from the Malaysian-owned Global Apparels Limited garment factory in Phnom Penh went on strike yesterday after the factory announced it would be reducing staff numbers by 500 over the coming months, union representatives said yesterday.

Ham Lout, a deputy president from the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said that 100 workers had recently been cut after the company decided not to renew its six-month fixed-term contracts, while the factory had announced that it would be letting go of 500 more workers before April, he said.

(24-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Garment Workers Faint in Takeo Province Twenty-one female garment factory workers fainted yesterday in a locally-owned factory in Takeo province’s Samrong district due to a lack of ventilation.

At 7:35 am yesterday, workers at the Five Stars Cotton Garment (Cambodia) Limited, said a woman started to “look delirious,” which shocked the other workers and allegedly caused them to collapse.

(28-January-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Police deny shooting at Veng Sreng Despite the absence of the defendants and their lawyers, the Appeal Court yesterday heard the case of 13 demonstrators convicted over a violent minimum wage protest on the capital’s Veng Sreng Boulevard in January 2014, where security forces allegedly shot to death at least four people and wounded many others.

Appeal Court judge Chay Chandaravan confirmed the hearing went ahead, though the group, who were released from custody in May 2014, after being handed suspended sentences for intentional violence, were not in attendance.

(23-January-2016 / The Cambodia Daily)

12 Years On, Gov’t Handling of Chea Vichea’s Murder Blasted tanding on the sidewalk in front of Phnom Penh’s Wat Lanka, where union leader Chea Vichea was gunned down 12 years ago to the day, opposition lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang said on Friday that the lack of transparency in the investigation into the murder was still stoking suspicion of government involvement in the killing.

(21-January-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Meetings over law leave unions wanting Unions yesterday called for further discussion of the draft trade union law after a bipartisan committee tasked with examining the controversial legislation concluded on Tuesday having agreed to few substantive changes.

At a press conference in Phnom Penh, 14 unions and rights groups issued a statement characterizing the committee as “producing unsatisfactory results in response to the unions’ proposals”.

(19-January-2016 / The Cambodia Daily)

Employer body wants union law toughened Cambodia's employers yesterday called for the draft trade union law to be toughened prior to a meeting with a government committee tasked with examining the controversial legislation.

But the employers’ recommendations were blasted by unions for threatening their right to assemble, while drawing criticism from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, who alleged they had been excluded from the meeting.

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