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After mass firing, union considers new protests

More than 100 workers who were fired by a Taiwanese-owned garment factory this week for striking over demands for further benefits will meet with union leaders “as soon as possible” to discuss potentially launching protests, a union representative said Tuesday.

The workers were fired by the Xin Fang factory in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district after restarting protests Monday over 19 demands, including a lunch allowance and $15 monthly housing stipend.

A court injunction delivered to the Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (CCAWDU) last Tuesday ordered the 400 laborers to return to their workstations by Thursday. While 300 of the workers went back to their jobs on September 3, the remaining 100 held out until Friday. But the 100 restarted the protests on Monday, as their demands still had not been met.

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