The owner of Phnom Penh’s embattled SL Garment Factory in a meeting Monday refused to reinstate 19 fired union representatives, despite last week being given 15 days by the Ministry of Labor to do so or face punitive measures. After emerging from a four-hour meeting with factory owner Wong Hon Ming and worker representatives, So Samuth, undersecretary of state at the Labor Ministry, said by telephone that Mr. Wong had refused to rehire the workers—who are alleged by SL to have damaged machinery during a riot and against whom the factory has filed a court complaint. “In the
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