About 150 garment workers in Kampong Speu province’s Samrong Tong district yesterday began protesting in a bid to gain better working conditions after submitting a petition to the labour department.
The workers, employed at the Teng Xun Limited factory, are demanding better working conditions on six main points.
Their demands include more holiday time for pregnant workers, the cessation of pay deductions on sick days and injury days, an end to arbitrary firings, transparency in ownership changes and better contract negotiations.
Ma Net, one of the protesting workers, said the staff gathered and began protesting after submitting a petition to the provincial labour department because their labour rights are being trampled on.
“We demand those six points,” she said. “We don’t want our wages cut over some holidays and pregnant workers need an extra day off per month to go for health check-ups.”
“We need good labour conditions,” she added.
Company representatives could not be reached for comment.
Choek Borin, chief of the provincial labour department, said he has instructed the staff to return to work as his department handles their case.
“We got their petition,” he said. “And we will meet with representatives from the company. But first thing, the workers must go back to work and we will then find a solution with the company.”