|Singapore factory backs down after Cambodian garment worker agitation over threats, sackings
Hundreds of Cambodian garment workers sacked from a factory supplying brands including Gap and H&M were reinstated today, a union leader said, after a protest forced an apparent climbdown by their Singaporean employer.
About 4,000 workers marched through Phnom Penh Thursday in protest at the dismissal of 720 workers for going on strike over claims of intimidation by the factory owner.
They were reinstated while an apparent suspension of 5,000 other staff was lifted by the Singapore-owned SL Garment Processing factory today, union leader Ath Thorn told AFP.
“After a long negotiation, the company agreed to withdraw the dismissal and allow all workers to resume their work today,’’ Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, said.
Workers had walked out claiming intimidation over regular factory inspections carried out by an official flanked by military police.
The factory denied the allegations and said the workers were fired because their strike was illegal.
Chin Sao, a manager at the factory, confirmed the workers had returned.