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Workers not allowed to march on Labor Day

Published: 27-Apr-13 11:16AM

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Rong Chhun, President of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions.

 

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) --​​ Around 20,000 workers from the garment, construction, tourism, banking, service and agriculture sectors want to march to present a petition to the National Assembly on International Labor Day, May 1, but Phnom Penh City Hall did not approve the rally.

City hall asked them to wait for the approval from Ministry of Interior before they do anything further.

Rong Chhun, President of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, said Saturday, even though City Hall didn't grant the congregation at Olympic Stadium or Wat Phnom for the march to the National Assembly, we will still continue as planned.
 
He said, workers will choose another place to meet, such as the riverside near the Cambodia Development Council to rally in order to present a petition which consists of 16 demands, focusing on salary, labor law respect and other issues.
 
Ath Thon, President of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), said, this year’s Labor Day celebration differed from that of last year because we worked together with other union federations to be one voice.

The petition to be presented will ask the government to find solutions to worker's monthly wages, short time contracts, irresponsibility of owners who had closed factories without providing proper compensation to workers, and violations concerning the rights of associations and unions, he added.

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