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Collective Union of Movement of Workers

07/07/2023

Two elected union leaders have been terminated by the owner of Shunxin Luggage after forming independent union

Phnom Penh: Two union leaders at the Shunxin Luggage Industry CO, LTD in Kampong Chhnang province were terminated thus violating the labor law and the union law by announcing the termination of their employment contracts for a period of three months after the election the independent unions at the grassroots level, despite knowing that elected local union leaders are under special protection by the law.

Leaders of the Local Workers' Movement Union at the Shunxin Luggage Factory in Chamkar Svay Village, Sethy Commune, Samaki Meanchey District, Kampong Chhnang Province, who were elected on May 21. Ley Phearin, President and Bo Visal, Vice President, were notified by the Company to terminate their three-month contract on July 3, which is contrary to Cambodian Labor Law, which states that elected union leaders are under special protection as the company cannot terminate the employment contract arbitrarily.

Ley Phearin, the union leader elected on May 21, who was terminated by the company, told the Collective Union of Movement of Workers that the Shunxin Luggage factory administration had announced the termination of his contract because he had formed an independent union.

"I do not support because our union was not created to cause problems, we did it for the rights of all workers in the factory, the aim is to resolve disputes, and workers' benefits. "I am still the same person who is the president of the local union, even though the company forced me to resign and offered me money, I do not accept it," he said.

Pav Sina, president of CUMW, sees Shunxin Luggage actions as the most serious form of union discrimination after workers used their right to form a union to protect the rights and legitimate interests that are guaranteed by international conventions as well as the Cambodian Constitution, the Law on Trade Unions, the Labor Law, which all guarantee the basic rights of workers to form a union. So what the company has done clearly is against the law.

It was observed that the factory carried out work that violated many points of Cambodia labor law, such as arbitrary dismissal of workers simply because they were busy or in an emergency, and did not ask for the law in time, with severe fines and pressure. Even on holidays or overtime, employers are often forced to use words, intimidation, and harassment of workers, which is the worst form of working conditions.

"I think these points need to be changed for all stakeholders to inspect the factory to change the working conditions, especially to eliminate all forms of abuse. He said "The company is a supplier to the owner of Lacoste, a well-known buyer, but the buyer does not seem to be aware of his supplier is acting in violation to the law,". "Discrimination against the right freedom of association by notifying the termination of union leaders as well as activists and using the pretext of terminating employment contracts."

"From a legal point of view, there is no reason why companies can fire workers because they used their basic rights to form a union, because the law provides special protection against layoffs," said Pav Sina. Termination of employment contracts, dismissals, so this is one of the worst things we can not accept as an independent union that has been actively working to protect workers' rights and freedoms like improving the lives of workers with dignity."

He added that it was not just the Shunxin Luggage factory, he observed that in general, his trade union movement, when it was established at any factories at the grassroots level, it often terminated by the company, for ex: in the Pontus factory in Takeo province and the Beautifull factory in Svay Rieng province, the company fired local union leaders and activists due to discrimination against independent union.

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