Garment workers protest to demand better conditions

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The workers speak with authorities during their protest. Supplied

More than 200 workers at the Nantai garment factory agreed to bring an end to their protest after the Labour Ministry, local authorities and company promised to solve their dispute on Wednesday.

The workers had gathered in front of the factory to demand rights such as advance notice, compensation, deductible annual leave and more from the factory’s owner.

Dy Roth Kemarun, Meanchey district governor, went down to find a solution with the workers. He asked them to calm down until relevant officials could solve the issue.

“We will try to find a solution for all of you. You are free to accept or reject it if you do not find it agreeable, but please do not let this interfere with the factory’s activities or public order,” he said.

Mr Roth Kheramun had a meeting with officials from the Labour Ministry, and both the workers’ and company’s representatives, to solve the workers’ demands.

Both parties agreed to meet again tomorrow to find a resolution to the conflict, and workers’ agreed to return to their homes.

Mr Roth Kheramum said the factory’s owner is busy overseas and returns tomorrow, which is why both parties agreed to delay the meeting.

Huy Sambath, president of the Cambodia Workers Union Federation, posted on his Facebook yesterday that workers protested the company’s habit of ending workers’ contracts without due notice.

“They protest to demand the company guarantee their bonuses if their contracts are not renewed,” he said.

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