Hundreds of garment workers have been on strike this week at the Vattanac II Industrial Park in Phnom Penh's Dangkao district demanding the reinstatement of two union officials.

The workers at DongDu Textile claim the officials were unfairly dismissed after they set up a union. Some local reports say more than 2,000 garment workers took part in the protest.

Ken Loo, secretary-general at the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), told just-style that while the factory employs about 2,000 workers in total, 500 had returned to work by Wednesday (29 January).

He added that the strike, which began on Saturday, "was not carried out in compliance with legal requirements as set out in the labour law" because it did not go through the arbitration council or provide at least seven days' notice.

On top of this, he claims the union is not registered with the Ministry of Labor as a representative of the workers in DongDu Textile, and that the two union officials were not fired but did not have their employment contracts renewed after they expired.