Strike Wave and Worker Victories in Cambodia

Meen, Art

Publisher:  Insurgent Notes
Date Written:  09/10/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20263

In Cambodia the class struggle has resulted in the enactment of a major anti-union labour law this year. Yet more is reported in the media on the long-gone Khmer Rouge than the frequent strikes that occur in the country. Still, the strikes are happening. And more often than not, they are winning.



The most notorious attack on a strike came in 2014. Special armed forces attacked a strike of thousands outside of the Canadia Industrial Park in Phnom Penh where clothing and shoes are made for international corporations like Puma, Adidas and H&M. Four were killed by the attacks. Dozens more were wounded. The strikers were joined and emboldened by an influx of protesters fighting against elections earlier in the year that were largely seen as a rigged game meant to keep the prime minister of three decades in power longer. (The strikers were protesting a South Korean owned factory. Incidentally, the South Korean government was one of the first to officially congratulate the prime minister on his election.)

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