Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday ordered Labour Minister Ith Samheng to find a solution for workers in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district after they have protested for months to demand their unpaid wage.
Speaking on Wednesday to thousands of garment workers in Kandal province’s Koh Thom district, Mr Hun Sen said that he was wondering why the Ministry of Labor allowed the protest to drag on at a factory in Meanchey district’s Chak Angre Krom commune for months without solutions.
“I order Labor Minister to put out this fire, Don’t let the smoke come out. The government has cash and ask me to get more cash, I will examine and sign it” he said.
Mr Hun Sen added that the garment workers tried to come to his house to submit petition several times and also to the Ministry of Labor many times without solutions.
“One time, they have stopped my car, asking for a solution because you [ Labour Minister] cannot find a solution for them. Make a report to me. Please let me solve their problem,” he said.
More than 100 workers of First Gawon in Chak Angre Krom commune yesterday came to the Ministry of Labor and South Korean Embassy for submitting the petition to get their wages from their employer.
Sat Samnang, secretary of the Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union for First Gawon Apparel, said that the workers are very happy to hear Mr Hun Sen’s intervention.
“We have protest more than 5 months and we cannot get solutions. We hope that our case will be solved soon because the Prime Minister gives an order,” Ms Samnang said.
In March, Mr Hun Sen paid cash advance $4.6 million to 4,100 workers whose bosses ran away.