Thousands of garment workers descended on City Hall on Thursday morning to protest the dismissal of more than 700 employees for striking over working conditions at two SL Garment factories, forcing tense afternoon negotiations between the cityís governor, company owners and worker unions that resulted in the successful reinstatement of all dismissed employees, officials said. The Singapore-owned company, which makes clothes for U.S. brands Leviís and Gap at two plants in Phnom Penh, fired the 720 workers on Wednesday and suspended more than 5,000 others following a two-week strike to de*mand higher wages, a lunch sti*pend and the end of
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