Construction workers protest unpaid wages

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More than 60 workers say they are owed $10,000 by their employer. Supplied

More than 60 workers hired to construct a Vattanac Bank branch in Pailin province’s Pailin city are protesting and asking provincial authorities to help them after their manager failed to pay them $10,000 in wages.

Thoeun Chamnan, a representative of the protesting workers, said that 64 staff had been working on the construction site in Pailin city’s Bor Yakha commune for many months.

But the construction manager Sreng Chenny has not paid them their wages since October, said Mr Chamnan, who added that the workers had already protested outside the Provincial Hall once.

Mr Chamnan said the workers had been demanding their unpaid wages for at least one month with no resolution, leading to difficulties in their livelihoods.

“We demand our labour costs of more than $10,000 because we have worked very hard,” he said. “We ask for justice, and that the provincial authorities make Sreng Chenny pay us.”

Sreng Chenny could not be reached for comment.

Pailin deputy governor Thou Phea said he had asked provincial officials to summon the construction manager to find a solution.

“If the provincial officials find a solution with the manager that the workers can accept, then it is settled,” he said. “But if the workers reject the solution, I will summon both sides to have another meeting.”

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