Source: Khmer Times
Nearly 40 former drivers for the Capitol Bus Company gathered in front of Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday to support friends who were summoned for questioning over a long-running dispute.
Eang Kimhun, secretary-general of the Cambodia Transportation Workers Federation, said the court had summoned 17 former drivers out of 34 for questioning over a company complaint in connection with their sacking in July 2015.
Mr Kimhun said they had been due to appear in court since 2015 but had sought two delays because they did not have a lawyer.
“We have just got a lawyer to help these 17 former drivers, and they appeared in the court for this third summons,” he said.
Originally, 45 workers were sacked after what they claimed was an attempt to unionise.
Capitol has denied this, instead accusing the drivers of having being sacked due to lack of professionalism.
Mr Kimhun said the court told them to find a lawyer for another seven former drivers, and court officials would summon all of them again in 15 days.
“The company sued its former drivers to finish their contract and demanded $20,000 per each,” said Mr Kimhun.
He said the former drivers were poor, and asked how they could earn money to pay the company.
Phan Sopheap, Capitol’s general manager, could not be reached for comment yesterday but he said previously that the company would never rehire those drivers because they had made a big mistake and the company could no longer trust them.
The former drivers have gathered to protest many times in front of the company headquarters.
Two drivers were arrested and sent to jail in February last year after violence erupted and several people were injured. The drivers were freed on bail in April last year.
In November, the former drivers sent a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen to intervene in their case.