Cambodian strike unlinked to wage dispute

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

28 July 2010
By Ngo Tuan Just-Style

This week's garment worker clashes in Cambodia were caused by internal frictions rather than wage demands, a local manufacturing body told just-style.

Around 100 policemen armed with electric batons and riot shields clashed with some 3,000 - mostly female - workers who were on strike against the suspension of a local union official working at their factory.

Ken Loo, Secretary General of Garment Manufacturer's Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said there was no relation between the local Free Trade Union’s threat of national strike and the strike at the Malaysian-owned factory, in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, yesterday (27 July).

"This strike is totally unrelated to the minimum wage issue," he said. "It is a dispute within the factory."

A union official named Mon Chana was dismissed for unknown reasons. Nine workers were initially reported injured in the clashes but this remains unconfirmed.

"About the workers being injured, I do not have confirmation as to whether workers were actually injured or not," Ken Loon added.

The Cambodian factory, called Berry Apparel (Cambodia) Co, produces apparel products for Western brands including Adidas, Gap, Puma and Benetton.


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