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Construction workers protest unpaid wages

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The workers have not been paid for three months. Supplied

More than 100 construction workers employed by the Emario Hotel and Resort in Sihanoukville yesterday used a tractor to block the hotel’s gate, demanding three months of wages.

Construction worker Ngim Savorn said more than 450 workers had not received their salaries for three months after deputy company director Chou Darareth had a dispute with her husband and used it to prevent the workers from being paid.

“She took an internal family dispute with her husband to freeze the workers’ pay for three months already. We find this unacceptable,” she said.

She added that all the workers needed the money for daily living and most had borrowed money from the bank.

“Most of the workers need money to pay the bank but they haven’t received their salary now for three months,” she said. Yov Khemara, director of the provincial labour department, said no solution had been found yet because the dispute between the owners was still ongoing.

“The company does not have a problem with the budget. The male and female employer have a dispute and used it to affect the workers,” he said. “I am now trying to speak with them to find a solution.”

He added that 75 workers were from Preah Sihanouk province and the rest were from Kampong Cham, Kratie and Battambang provinces.

Yan Thy, secretary of the Building and Wood Workers Trade Union Federation of Cambodia, said construction workers were often faced with this situation.

“I get at least ten cases a month from construction workers who complain that their employer has not paid their wages. They come to seek intervention from us,” he said.

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