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Unions Want Wage Negotiations, Arrest of Shooters from January Violence

  • Kong Sothanarith
  • VOA Khmer

Garment workers throw objects at riot police during a strike near a factory of Canadia Center, on the Stung Meanchey complex at the outskirt of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Police wounded several striking Cambodian garment workers Friday when they opened fire to break up a labor protest, witnesses said.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Garment workers throw objects at riot police during a strike near a factory of Canadia Center, on the Stung Meanchey complex at the outskirt of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Police wounded several striking Cambodian garment workers Friday when they opened fire to break up a labor protest, witnesses said.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Representatives of nine unions met together have made seven resolutions to seek better conditions and wages for workers in Cambodia’s factories.

The resolutions, adopted Wednesday, come after an official report by the government on the January shootings that left at least four people dead and led to the arrest of 23 workers and labor leaders.

The unions are calling for the release of those workers, the restart of wage negotiations and the “unmasking” of police personnel who did the shooting, among other demands.

“We will prepare a petition for a campaign both nationally and internationally for those issues,” said Ath Thun, head of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union.

Around 300 workers will submit a petition to Western embassies, the Chinese Embassy and others on Feb. 10, he said.
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