Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambrew case against worker reps partly dismissed



Cambrew case against worker reps partly dismissed

Villagers gather near a tyre that was set alight last week during a protest to express their anger at being left in the dark about a new railway project in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district.
Local worker representative Khem Mao (left) and food and service unionist Sar Mora at the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Friday. Leonie Kijewski

Cambrew case against worker reps partly dismissed

A $60,000 complaint against worker representatives by a local brewery partly owned by Carlsberg was largely dismissed on Friday by the Sihanoukville Provincial Court, though one of the defendants was still ordered to pay compensation to the company.

In a five-minute court hearing, Judge Keo Mony announced that “the court orders Mr Khem Mao to pay $3,000 to the beer company Cambrew, referring to the president of the local Democratic Workers Union of Angkor Beer Company. Mony, however, rejected the complaint against Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation leader Sar Mora, without elaborating on the reasons.

Cambrew, which is partially owned by brewing giant Carlsberg, had lodged a $60,000 complaint against Mora and Mao after a strike last August. About 100 workers went on strike for five days to protest the sacking of a warehouse manager.

The company produces Angkor, Carlsberg, Bayon, Klang and Black Panther beers. Cambrew could not be reached, and Carlsberg did not respond to a request for comment.

After the hearing, Mora said they would appeal the decision. “Cambrew doesn’t want to lose face,” he said. “But they also don’t want CFSWF to exist, so they pressure local leaders.”

The director of labour rights group Central, Moeun Tola, said that the ruling against Mao was part of a pattern of silencing unions, adding that “everyone understands that the court system is not independent and it’s used as a political tool”.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • Cambodia, India agree to start direct flights, tourism exchanges

    Cambodia and India have agreed to start direct flight connections and promote closer tourism exchanges and cooperation in all areas after the Covid-19 saga comes to a close. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Cambodian Minister of Tourism Thong Khon and newly-minted Indian

  • Plastic-to-rice initiative transforms waste into bricks

    Volunteers in Kampong Khlaing commune of Siem Reap province’s Sotr Nikum district have been collecting plastic waste to use as a raw material for the production of bricks and clemence tiles. The volunteers are hoping that, in addition to helping clean up the environment,