“It is illegal to dismiss workers because of their union affiliation or to close a factory because it is unionised,” he said.
“Such anti-retaliation laws exist in most countries, including Cambodia, Myanmar and India — though they are, unfortunately, often not enforced.
Sros was released 55 days later, but the charges remain.Another Cambodian workers’ leader, Pav Sina, said more than 2,000 labourers with his union had seen their contracts terminated.
“In the past, factories couldn’t do this,” he said.
“But COVID has given them the opportunity.”