Nearly 5,000 employees of the You Li International factory in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet town yesterday returned to work after protesting for better working conditions since Saturday.
Soth Chet, a union official from the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said staff were unhappy since the firm recently began treating workers more harshly.
He said the factory had a policy of forcing employees who arrived late to work in a separate area that was caged off from their colleagues.
“If the workers were late, the company would put them in separate place in a cage. We believe that breached acceptable working conditions,” he said.
Staff also called on the company to stop discriminating against pregnant workers, cease using one-month contracts, pay wages on time and in full, and treat employees with respect.
The workers outlined their concerns in a letter, asking for action to address the points.
Sam Chenda, a representative of workers at You Li International, said staff became unhappy when working conditions deteriorated several months ago.
“The company employed a new manager a couple of months ago. Workers were unhappy so they protested,” he said.
Ou Sok Kheoun, deputy chief of the labour department in Svay Rieng, said his officials went to negotiate with the factory after staff began their protests.
He said the company had agreed to the workers’ requests.
“We suggested to the workers that they return to the factory,” he said. “The factory has agreed to adhere to their proposals.”