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Union leaders, charged of intention to cause violence, to be tried in court soon

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

06-December-2018  |  1 min read

Garment workers in Cambodia
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Six union leaders charged for their active role in inciting violence, intending to cause damage and blocking traffic during the protests by garment workers in late 2013 and early 2014, will be tried in the Municipal Court of Phnom Penh on 7 December 2018.

The garment workers had staged massive protests demanding increase in minimum wages.

The protest had taken an ugly turn in January 2014, when authorities opened fire resulting in the death of at least 5 garment workers. More than dozens of workers had got injured during the clash with the authorities.

Chou Ngy, the lawyer representing the union leaders, said that he had been asked to be in the court on 7 December. He also added that he was ready with all necessary documents and evidence to defend his clients.

Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen had urged all union leaders to forward their cases to Labour Ministry so that the minister could work closely with the Justice Minister to resolve the issue at the earliest.

Ms Yang Sophorn, President, Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions, and also one of the 6 union leaders, said that she will present evidence in court to defend herself and her union members.

Labour Ministry spokeperson said that a working group was seeing the reports submitted by the union leaders.