7 Cambodian Workers Arrested At Nike Subcontractor

Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia organizer Son Vanny said its members traded barrages of sticks and stones Monday with members of a rival union opposing the strike. He said police then arrived and started beating workers. Police declined comment on any arrests or possible injuries.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodian police have detained seven workers at a factory that makes clothing for the U.S. sportswear company Nike in the latest strife linked to a strike over salaries there.

Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia organizer Son Vanny said its members traded barrages of sticks and stones Monday with members of a rival union opposing the strike. He said police then arrived and started beating workers. Police declined comment on any arrests or possible injuries.

The protest at the Taiwanese-owned Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing plant west of Phnom Penh began May 21 over demands that salaries be raised to $88 per month from $74. Police used force when the workers blocked main road outside the factory on May 27, allegedly causing two pregnant workers to miscarry.

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