The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday questioned two members of the Free Trade Union (FTU) over a complaint filed against them for attacking members of another union during protests at a factory in June, a unionist said.
However, Mann Senghak, an adviser to the FTU, said Pov Sreypov and Lay Sokha told the court that they were in fact attacked by members of the Khmer Union Federation of Workers Spirit (KUFWS)—who filed the complaint against them—at the SH Factory in Pur Senchey district when they refused to join a strike.
“Some workers did not join the strike and they were going to work normally,” Mr. Senghak said.
“The [KUFWS] side beat up three workers from the FTU, who were injured and knocked out,” Mr. Senghak said.
He added that the FTU had also filed a complaint against a KUFWS member over the attack, but that the subject of the complaint was never summoned for questioning.
Representatives of KUFWS and the municipal court could not be reached for comment.