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Factory owners to be sued if they flee

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About 600 garment workers in Takhmao who were fired and paid no compensation staged protests lasting several months. KT/Mai Vireak

Senior officials from the Ministry of Labour confirmed on Monday that employers who run away from their factories will face lawsuits after some unions complained that many employers leave the country without compensating their employees.

Speaking to reporters after joining a UN event in Phnom Penh on Monday, Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said there had been some criticism that employers can leave the country easily, often leaving their workers unpaid.

“It does not mean that employers escape, and those employers have no any obligations. I would like to confirm that those employers who escaped from Cambodia, they have lawsuits at the court over their debts in Cambodia,” he said.

He added that now the ministry is urging factories to pay their employees twice per month to reduce any risks if the employers leave.

“When the workers get paid their wages two times per month, at least this can reduce some risks when their employers escape,” he said.

Recently, the employer of three factories – Yu Fa Garment Industry, Yu Da Garment Industry and S.R.E Garment Company – escaped without paying wages to thousands of workers in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.

Last Friday, more than 700 workers from two of the factories – Yu Da Garment and S.R.E Garment – received 65 percent of their missing wages after some machinery from the factory was sold for $155,000.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper.

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