Authorities in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district yesterday pledged to help find a solution for workers of Hong Xing garment factory who have been protesting over unpaid wages and missing seniority benefits after the company shut down last month.
Nearly 200 workers of the factory in Stung Meanchey commune have been protesting since December 9 after their employer fled without paying them their dues.
District deputy governor Dy Rath Khemrun yesterday intervened and said he had received a petition by the workers and pledged to find a solution soon.
He said that the district administration will seek a meeting with Labour Ministry officials and the company management to find a solution.
“We will have meeting with labour officials and the company management soon to find a solution for the workers,” he said. “We suggest the workers do not worry and give us time to find solutions.”
Mr Rath Khemrun said that the district authorities have previously found solutions in many similar cases involving garment workers.
“We suggest that the workers find other jobs to support their livelihoods while waiting for a solution,” he added.
Hin Sokroeun, a worker, said the company on December 9 paid the workers $100 each for November and announced the factory’s closure.
She said workers began protesting because not only are they missing the rest of their November salaries, but also seniority benefits.
Ms Sokroeun added that the workers hope that the deputy governor will bring their concern to relevant officials and the company to find solution for them.
“We hope that the authorities will intervene and find a solution because we find it hard to support our daily lives,” she said.
Ms Sokroeun said that the workers have been protesting peacefully in front of the factory.
“We protest and sleep in front of the factory but there has been no violence,” she said.
Chin Sony, a legal officer of Cambodia Workers Labor Federation Union, yesterday said the workers have been waiting for a long time for a solution.
“They have been waiting for a solution for more than a month,” he said. “We hope that a solution will be found soon,” Mr Sony said.
The company’s management could not be contacted for comment yesterday.