Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the Cambodian Labour Confederation President Ath Thorn to stop urging garment workers to protest and demand indemnity payments.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh on Monday, Mr Hun Sen asked Mr Thorn to tell workers to stop protesting.
“I appeal to Ath Thorn to tell your members to understand this issue and should accept what is stated in the law,” Mr Hun Sen said, noting that they receive seniority payment every six months.
Mr Hun Sen’s appeal comes as workers of W&D factory on Monday protested in front of his residence demanding that the factory management take the sacked workers back.
Two months ago, the company fired more than 1,000 workers who protested to demand indemnity payments in a lump sum instead of twice monthly. Workers then staged protests to demand that the company take them back.
Mr Hun Sen said that it is impossible for factory owners to pay indemnity payments in a lump sum.
“We have already calculated it if we solve all problems in one time, they might spend about $2,000 million,” he said. “Is it possible that factory owners can pay $2,000 million, then factories will shut down.”
Saing Chanry, a representative of the protesting workers, asked Mr Hun Sen to intervene.
“I want to appeal to Samdech as now I am standing in front of your house, you hear our voices. Right now, I would like to demand that factory owners reinstate all workers without discrimination,” Ms Chanry said.