The Cambodian Workers Union Federation yesterday said that 257 garment workers from LIDA Garment held a rally for missing wages at the company’s plant in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district yesterday.
CWUF president Huy Sambath said that the garment workers occupied parts of the factory after learning that factory owner, Zhou Gong Bing, fled for unknown reasons.
“Their employer fled and left hundreds of workers jobless,” Mr Sambath said. “Outstanding wages were not paid to the garment workers.”
During the rally yesterday, authorities intervened and told the workers to prepare a complaint to be filed with the Labour Ministry, noting that the government will find a solution for them.
Deputy district Governor Dy Roth Khemrun said yesterday that the workers should wait at home for the solution.
“We suggested that the workers go home because their protest could disturb public order,” Mr Khemrun said. “We didn’t want them to cause traffic jams or disturb neighbours.”
Last month, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the government has spent $22 million to compensate workers for missing wages across the country.
Mr Hun Sen said that a regulation has also been set up requiring factory owners to pay indemnity in order to avoid conflict.