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The BWTUC refuses to bend to the tactics employed by the company Kampot Cement (K Cement) and the subcontractor Benjamat. Since 2010 two trade union leaders have continued to be denied justice and fair treatment. Despite numerous court verdicts in the unionists’ favour, K Cement and Benjamat have continually refused to reinstate the workers to their previous positions, instead offering them lower paying jobs and disputing the awarding of back wages which has been demanded by the Provincial and Appeals Courts. ACT NOW! Sign our online protest message to the company management.
As the BWTUC and local members have continued their campaign and gathered in local areas to discuss these issues K Cement and Benjamat management has attempted to harass and intimidate the workers by employing security guards and military personnel to spy on and confront the workers.
BWI has already posted an article on the case in May. See here.
Cambodia (18/06/2012 - 30/12/2012)
Letter of protest to Banjamat Construction
Company involved: K Cement
Source: BWI affiliate
BWI Action: Letter to Manager of Banjamat Dear Mr. Pittarayat Banjamat, I am informed by the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) that two trade union leaders have been dismissed by Banjamat Construction Co., subcontractor for Kampot Cement (K-Cement). In December 2010 workers at the factory in Khampot formed a trade union, two leaders of the union, Chhun Pov and Tep Moa, were subsequently fired by the company because of their trade union activities. Following the union leaders’ dismissal the Building and Wood Workers Trade Union of Cambodia (BWTUC) filed a case with the Arbitration Council against Banjamat for the immediate reinstatement and awarding of back wages for the workers. The Council found in favour of the union, as did the Kampot Provincial Court and the Court of Appeals, who were approached after K-Cement and Benjamat refused to implement the courts’ decision. It has been over a year since the Arbitration Council issued their original verdict ordering the unionists reinstatement and awarding of full back pay. However, you continue to defy the orders of the courts. I call on you to immediately reinstate Chhun Pov and Tep Moa and to respect the rights of all workers in your operations under Cambodian law. This case also represents a serious violation of international labour standards. Sincerely, CC: K Cement; Thai Embassy