Four Union Representatives Detained After Brawl; Two Released

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Two Union Representatives of CCAWDU.

Four representatives from two rival unions were arrested by military police in Kandal province after a dust-up over recruiting members at a factory, according to one of the unions.

The four representatives were arrested at the QMI garment factory in Ang Snoul district on May 7. Two of the representatives have since been released.

Ath Thorn, president of the Cambodian Labor Confederation, appealed for the release of his two union representatives, who he said had been placed in pretrial detention.

“We want to see a resolution to this case with their release and a continued investigation to find out what led [the other union] to cause a problem with us,” Thorn said on Thursday. “If [authorities] make arrests, they have to arrest both sides. It shouldn’t like this. This has shown serious discrimination.”

VOD could not contact the Ang Snoul district military police commander for comment.

Thorn said his representatives visited QMI to recruit members, but the representatives from the rival union objected, and the four representatives exchanged blows outside the factory.

He said the other union was the pro-government Khmer Union Federation of Workers Spirit, which has been involved in previous brawls among union representatives.

(Translated and edited from the original article on VOD Khmer)

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