Union defying ministry warning

At least one union leader is butting heads with the Ministry of Labour as he encourages workers to join the planned opposition party demonstration on Saturday, according to the Phnom Penh Post.

The ministry sent a letter on to factories on Monday, calling on workers and unions to avoid participation in the planned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNR)) demonstration, asserting that the “propagandising of some politicians could affect [workers’] living standards and create disorder in society”.

 

Going directly against that advice, Rong Chhun, president of the more than 100,000 member Cambodia Confederation of Unions – which has historically been linked to the opposition – has encouraged workers to actively participate in the demonstration.

CNRP officials announced on Monday that the mass demonstration against the National Election Committee’s official results of the July 28 election, which preliminarily said the Cambodian People’s Party won 68 National Assembly seats to the CNRP’s 55, will take the form of a ceremony for prayer and contemplation.