Workers Protest Over Reps Summoned to Court

About 50 fired factory workers protested in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal court Wednesday after two of the factory’s five union representatives were summoned for questioning following strikes in February.

Sor Bora, one of the representatives at Harta Packaging Industrial (Cambodia) Ltd., said he was summoned to court following a complaint by the company that he incited workers to lock the factory gates and burn tires during the strikes over unpaid wages.

More than 280 workers were on strike for four days at the factory in Choam Chao commune’s Pur Senchey district when the factory changed from a Malaysian to Japanese owner.

Phon Pheap, 33, who was protesting Wednesday, said he and his colleagues were fired without pay or compensation when the factory ownership changed.

“We want the Malaysian owner of the company to pay for the time we worked before the company changed hands.” The manager of Harta could not be reached for comment.

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