Chea Mony, FTUWKC President (Photo: Cambodge Soir Hebdo)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Translated from Khmer by Socheata
Chea Mony, President of the Free Trade Union of Workers in the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) called for a demonstration to protest the firing of union representatives in a number of factories.Chea Mony told reporters in the morning of 25 March that Cambodia, just like any other countries in the world, is facing with financial crisis, Cambodian factories have closed their door one after another, and some factories were firing workers for no justified reason. He added that, up until now, 19 representatives of the workers who are also union representatives were fired, and their firing did not respect the labor law rules. He claimed that he will lead a mass strike in the entire country in order to protest the firing of union representatives. Chea Mony did not indicate the exact date of this demonstration yet, but he indicated that it will be held soon. Regarding this planned demonstration, the Kampuchea Thmei newspaper said that it could not contact Touch Naroth, the Phom Penh police commissioner, to obtain his reaction because nobody picked up his phone.