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Workers stage walkout

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First Gawon Apparel factory staff have been protesting over unpaid wages. Supplied

More than 350 garment workers at the First Gawon Apparel factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district have refused to continue their work because the owner has not paid their wages for December.

Khem Makara, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, said yesterday that 357 workers, stopped working about a week ago over the wage dispute.

“We are protesting by suspending our work and sitting inside and outside the factory to wait for our salaries,” he said.

Mr Makara said the owner of the company also has a factory in Kandal province,where workers have also been mistreated, fired without cause, not paid and are locked in a labour dispute.

First Gawon Apparel officials could not be reached for comment. Meanchey district deputy governor Dy Roth Khemrun said he met with the owner and she has promised to pay the workers this week.

“We are prohibiting the owner from taking equipment or other products out of the factory unless the wages are paid,” he said.

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