More than 400 workers protest over fears of closure

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More than 400 garment workers from Long Victory International yesterday held a protest over fears that the company plans to shutter operations after it allegedly removed some equipment and machinery from its premises in Russey Keo district’s Tuol Sangke One commune.

A worker, who declined to be identified, said that the workers had also protested three times earlier this month over unpaid benefits to colleagues whose contracts had been terminated.

She said that after the company moved out the equipment and machinery the workers believed that it planned to shutter or change location.

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The worker said that the 420 out of 1,400 workers in the company had previously held protests to demand benefits for workers whose contracts the company had terminated early this month.

“After they went on strike for the first two times, the company promised to find a solution and those whose contracts were not terminated agreed to return to work,” she said. “But the company did not keep its promise and transported some materials out of the factory.”

Prach Siha, a district deputy governor, yesterday said that both the company and the workers had previously come to an agreement and if the company did not keep its promise to find a solution, the Labour Ministry will intervene.

“If the company does not keep its promise made after negotiations with the workers, we will send the case to the Labour Ministry,” he said.

Meanwhile, nearly 700 garment workers of Janda Garments MFG Co Ltd yesterday protested over irregular wage payments at the factory in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district.

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In a petition, the workers demanded that the company should pay their wages on time regularly and also not force them to work overtime.

Recently, Prime Minister Hun Sen urged union leaders not to persuade workers to protest for more benefits as the action could probably force around 800 companies to shutter operations.

Last week, Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour called for further cooperation for the prevention of strikes and demonstrations among factory workers.

He said that the government has worked hard to bring benefits to employers, unions and employees in the garment and footwear industry.

“I would like more cooperation from all stakeholders in order to keep achieving our bond and promote the understanding of rights and obligations, as well as to enhance measures to prevent strikes and demonstrations so that disputes can be solved peacefully,” Mr Sour said.

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