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Workers again fight for unpaid factory wages

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Workers holding a banner during their protest. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Workers of the Dai Young factory in Russey Keo district are keeping up their weeks-long protests to demand wages and benefits from the company which says it is bankrupt.

Hundreds of the workers are seeking unpaid wages for March and severance pay.

After a few days of protests, the representative of the workers said that the company met the workers on May 23 to reach a solution.

However, Heng Soukea, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union for the Dai Young factory said the workers were still sleeping yesterday in front of the factory.

Mr Soukea said representative of the workers denied meeting the company on May 23.

He said that if the workers had agreed to meet them, it would have meant the workers recognised the company’s bankruptcy.

“When we asked them why our case was taking a long time to find a solution, they said the case was before the courts. We do not find this acceptable. They always tell us to wait because of the courts,” he said.

Workers protest over unpaid wages. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Dai Young (Cambodia) is a south Korean-owned garment factory.

Ouk Ry, an administrator at Dai Young, told local media that the bankruptcy application was before the courts.

“When the court process is finished, the company could sell off its property and the money will be divided among the workers,” he said.

Khim Srey, 48, who worked for Dai Young for 12 years, said the workers did not care about the company’s problems. The workers needed their wages for March.

“We worked a whole month on March, why do they do not pay us?” she said. “We do not believe the company is bankrupt.”

In March, the Labour Ministry said it would take strong action in cooperation with the courts and police against garment factory owners who fled without paying workers.

The ministry’s announcement came after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the Labour Minister to speed up resolution for thousands of garment workers who had been abandoned by their employers in Phnom Penh.

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