Cambodian factory workers blocked a road outside the capital's courthouse to demand the release of three colleagues arrested in a labour dispute.

More than 100 women workers from a shoe factory marched on the Phnom Pehn court building on Tuesday to protest against last week's arrest of three of their colleagues after the factory was ransacked.

The workers were protesting against the owner's plans to make 600 of the 2,000 employees redundant. There were no reports of any violence during yesterday's demonstrations.

The trio were arrested when hundreds of striking workers attacked offices and company vehicles at the Taiwanese-owned Ming Da shoe factory.

Strikes have been called at several factories this year, mostly those making garments, and the country's minister of commerce, Cham Prasidh, warned recently that labour militancy was jeopardising the very existence of the industry.

Garment making and shoe factories have been Cambodia's fastest growing industry and employ more than 100,000 workers or one per cent of the country's population.

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