The government yesterday compensated more than 200 factory workers in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district who were not paid their wages after their employer died in an apparent suicide last month.
Labour Ministry officials paid out the equivalent of wages earned last month owed to them by Julee Apparel in the district’s Kakab commune.
A worker Mean Sith said yesterday that 270 workers finally got the money after suffering hardship since their employer was found dead last month.
“We came to get our last month’s wages from Ministry of Labor officials at Por Senchey Hall this morning,” Mr Sith said. “We protested for more than two weeks over the unpaid wages and even used to sleep in front of the factory gates to make sure the company’s materials were not removed.”
He added that the workers were happy to get the money and could now pay for their expenses.
A ministry statement yesterday said that it notified the workers to come to the hall with proof of their employment, including their monthly wage slips, in order to collect the compensation.
Another worker, Sao Savon, said that the company had owed wages of between $250 and $300 per worker.
Kakab commune police chief Pal Yuthea on August 6 said that the employer Ju Doo Soo,49, a Korean national, was found dead in his home in the commune in what appeared to be suicide.
“We found him dead in his house, but police have not yet concluded why he committed suicide,” Mr Yuthea said.
Upon hearing news of the suicide, workers began occupying the factory in fear that the company would start to wrap up its operations.
Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the labor ministry to find a solution for the workers by using the government’s budget.
He also said that until now the government has spent $22 million to help workers nationwide who faced problems after their employers fled.