The Labour Ministry on Friday issued a statement asking all factory workers to remain calm and trust that all benefits they are lawfully entitled to will be provided in due time.
The statement came after nearly 2,000 garment workers from the W&D factory in Meanchey district last week continued a strike over unpaid seniority indemnity. On Saturday, hundreds of the workers blocked roads in the district, demanding their benefits.
The workers were claiming that those who worked longer have not received their dues as required by the Labour Law, which says that factories must pay workers a seniority payment every six months.
“The ministry guarantees all benefits for workers, including for those workers whose owners fled without paying wages and benefits,” the statement said.
“Unions and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia need to disseminate this information and keep everyone calm,” it added. “Avoid being misled because some are purposely using this opportunity to incite instability in factories.”
Last week, GMAC issued a statement demanding unions and union members to respect the Labour Laws.
It said that it noticed some unions led employees to demand indemnity as a one-time package.
“The demand for indemnity as a one-time package is not in accordance to the Labour Ministry’s Directive 443,” GMAC said, adding that regulations were put in place to ensure harmonious industrial relations and stability.