The Ministry of Labour on Friday announced that more than 1,000 workers from three factories in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district can come to collect cash compensation at a district hall following the absconding of their employers.
The ministry said that the government has decided to compensate workers from Kbal Koh Garment, Top World Garment and Pada Top World between today and tomorrow at Kbal Koh District Hall.
“The government has decided to give cash to workers whose employers fled,” the statement said. “The ministry will pay out the compensation on July 2 and 3, so please come with labour cards and other relevant documents.”
Owners of Khbal Koh Garment, Top World Garment and Pada Top World factories fled in 2017, leaving a total of 1,146 workers unpaid. Workers rallied for more than one year to demand their wages.
Dy Lary Loza, a former employee of Kbal Koh Garment, said on Friday that workers have staged rallies in front of their former places of employment, the Labour Ministry and the Prime Minister’s house.
“We have protested for over a year now and we finally are going to get what we have been struggling for,” Ms Lary Loza said.
In February, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced a $4.6 million payout to about 4,100 factory workers whose bosses ran away.
In June, workers from the now defunct First Gawon Apparel factory in Phnom Penh received unpaid wages and benefits from the government, following months of protests. A total of 352 workers received a total of $200,000 from the government.