Nike Concerned by Police- Garment Worker Clash

U.S. sports giant Nike has said it is “concerned” by allegations that Cambodian police used force while trying to quash a protest by workers at one of its supplier factories in Kompong Speu on Mon­day.

“As outlined in Nike’s Code of Conduct, Nike re­quires its contract manufacturers to respect their employees’ rights to freedom of as­sociation,” said Ryan Green­wood, head of communications for Nike U.K. and Ire­land, in an email.

On Monday, about 4,000 workers from Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment MFG Corp. —who have been protesting for additional wages since May 20—briefly clashed with police. The workers from the Samraong Tong district factory are demanding a 1,000 riel (about $0.25) bonus for every overtime hour worked and $8 a month for transportation.

On Thursday, protests continued, albeit briefly, with 2,000 workers blocking the road for a few hours.

Sun Vanny, a Free Trade Un­ion representative, said workers had only demonstrated in the morning be­cause they had been given the rest of the week off.

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